Tell us what you think – complete this short survey to have your say on massing types, based on initial concept design ideas from architects dMFK.
The site of the two-storey Leathermarket JMB office, at 26 Leathermarket Street, was identified in our 2018 Estate Improvement Plan as having the potential to provide new affordable homes for local residents. The Estate Improvement Plan, which was produced by Leathermarket JMB and Leathermarket CBS in consultation with over 500 local residents on the JMB estates, suggested that a taller building could be built on this site.
A design competition was held in Autumn 2020 to select an architect for the site, and dMFK were selected from the shortlisted architects based on the initial concept design ideas they submitted. See below for more details on this process.
Having appointed the architect, we are now at the beginning of the design and consultation process. We want to hear your views on different massing types, which are based on the initial concept designs submitted by dMFK as part of the design competition. This is the first of four planned stages of neighbourhood consultation.
The Design Brief
As part of the design competition to select an architect for the site, shortlisted architects were asked to respond to a broad initial brief incorporating:
• New homes: provide new Council homes to help meet local housing need, with a starting position to consider 40 homes
• Office and community space: re-provide space for the existing Leathermarket JMB office and existing community meeting space, reducing the amount of back office space (recognising that the current back office space is used inefficiently)
• Basic site considerations: respond to key features of the site and surroundings, including
• the height and proximity of surrounding buildings
• the adjacent play area
• the Bermondsey Street Conservation Area
The variations on massing type presented below are based on dMFK’s initial design concept ideas. At this stage we are seeking neighbourhood preferences for different massing variations, and we will consider community feedback alongside initial feedback from planners during the next stage of design development. The next stage of the design development process will include seeking initial feedback from planners and undertaking various surveys to better understand the site limitations and potential impacts, such as tree surveys.
What Happens Next?
Tell us what you think of the initial massing types above – complete this short survey to tell us about your preferences at this concept design stage.