tulse hill flats


client: Metropolitan Housing Partnership & Ekya Housing Association
contract value: 2,000,000.00
completed: 2009

The scheme comprises eight one-bed supported flats for young people, especially young women leaving care. It includes an office for the support worker, and nine flats for general needs clients with referrals sought from the London Borough of Lambeth. Both schemes are owned and managed by Ekaya Housing Association. The supported housing is a service for 16-21 year olds with staff on site providing help with independent living and access to employment and training.

The scheme which is within a Conservation Area, was developed on the redundant Parks Depot and garages of Tulse Hill Estate overlooking Brockwell Park and the design was developed with active input from residents, who also benefitted from improvement works to the Estate. Young people living on the Estate worked with artist Loraine Leeson ofCSpace to develop art work which was incorporated in the entrance wall, a tiled mural based on an oak tree, the oldest tree in Brockwell Park.


ATA’s design strategy, developed through consultation workshops with both residents and clients, was to create two residential volumes linked but separated from each other, one facing onto Tulse Hill and the other onto Brockwell Park, which related to the historic buildings surrounding the Park. ATA worked with LB Lambeth planning department. A simple villa elevation was developed, with equal proportions and fenestration arrangement on each side. The two four-storey blocks are linked to each other by a two-story building. The volumes are carefully detailed loadbearing brick buildings with deep reveals, inset balconies and a textured brick ground storey.


Sustainable construction and services are at the heart of the design strategy; deep and well insulated masonry walls and high performance timber windows give beautiful views of the park. Solar thermal collectors are hidden behind the parapets and green roofs help to extend the park’s biodiversity.

‘We have worked with Anne Thorne Architects on a number of projects in recent years and have found them to be practical, pragmatic and extremely knowledgeable. Their expertise and interest in sustainable building methods has been of particular value as it has assisted us in achieving our client’s sustainability objectives in a cost effective manner. They are one of the few architects’ practices we have worked with, who have the knowledge and understanding to design to Code for Sustainable Home/Eco Homes standards from the outset.
I can recommend ATA as a practice that you can partner with on an open, friendly and co-operative basis working together to ensure that the project is both well designed and buildable.’

Richard Garland Sandwood Construction Ltd (Contractor)