With our joint venture partners United House, we have built a landmark £80m mixed-use regeneration scheme which has transformed leisure services across two sites in Clapham town centre, south west London. The Public Private Partnership scheme, provides Clapham with a new, highly sustainable leisure centre, a new, state-of-the-art library, a new family health centre and some of the most high quality residential accommodation in the borough including affordable housing in partnership with Notting Hill Housing Group.
The PPP deal meant that in the teeth of the recession, we were able to secure £35m funding for this hugely important project (including loan funding from the Homes and Communities Agency’s kickstart programme), pre-sell £46m of the development and guarantee the London Borough of Lambeth a brand new library and leisure centre funded entirely from the sale of the private sector element of the development.
The former Mary Seacole House on Clapham High Street has been replaced by The Library Building, designed by Studio Egret West. The new public library on the ground and basement is based around an audacious spiral design, connecting to the new health centre, a café, performance space and community rooms, reinforcing the community spirit of the development.
The Mary Seacole Health centre opened in March 2012 and the library opened to the public in July 2012. We enlisted renowned artist Andrew Logan to create the public art for the project which was unveiled at our celebratory event in July. Seven big, beautiful letters that spell ‘Library’ stand on the pavement right outside the building in his signature mirror mosaic and covered with mementoes donated by the community of Clapham.
The old Clapham Swimming Pool on Clapham Manor Street has been replaced with a brand new sustainable leisure centre designed by specialists LA Architects. Facilities include a 6-lane, 25m swimming pool, a much larger fitness suite, a 4-court sports hall, climbing wall and community rooms. The leisure centre opened to the public in December 2011.
We’ve built and sold the first two phases of apartments at Clapham One. The Manor Building (19 private homes) and 4 Bicycle Mews (44 affordable homes in partnership with Notting Hill Housing Group) were completed in July/August 2011.
Our final phase of apartments at The Library Building were completed in August 2012. The final four Limited Edition penthouse apartments are launching to the UK in January 2013. Visit our website to find out more www.thenewclapham.com
The Library Building has won the following awards:
Best Apartment Building, The Sunday Times British Homes Awards
Culture and Community Winner, Clapham Library, New London Architecture Awards 2012
Best Overall Marketing Campaign (Residential), Property Marketing Awards 2012
Highly Commended – Community Investor of Year, The MJ Awards 2012
Highly Commended – Public Private Partnership, The MJ Awards 2012
Shortlisted for Housing Project of the Year, Building Awards 2012
Best Mixed-Use Development, International Property Awards 2011
Highly Commended – Public Services Development, International Property Awards 2011
Best Housing Project, The Daily Telegraph British Homes Awards 2011
Project Winner, Housing Design Award 2010
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