A 74,300 sqm residential led redevelopment of BT Telephone Exchange in Vauxhall, Keybridge House will deliver 415 new homes as well as a two-form-entry primary school, office space and retail units.
The project makes a specific response to its context on each of its edges. To the south a low, linear, residential building defines the street and re-engages with the Victorian public house on the street corner. This building provides nine affordable family houses. Beyond the pub, the scheme provides the site for a much needed primary school which will connect with the existing local school whilst opening to the garden at the centre of the scheme.
The elevations on the east edge of the site acknowledge existing mansion block precedents: two new brick mansion blocks restore the scale and materiality that characterised the street in the past. New shop fronts are introduced to animate their base. The two tall buildings on the north edge of the site are stepped forms that fold and adjust in response to the context, constructed in brick to reflect the local industrial vernacular and in keeping with the mansion blocks and other buildings in the vicinity.
A new set of open public spaces tie together the proposed and existing buildings. Almost a third of the site has been opened up for public use providing a new piazza next to St Anne and All Saints Church, a central garden square with amenities for children and an employment mews next to the railway viaduct.
British Telecommunications plc
Townshend Landscape Architects
GL Hearn Ltd
Code for Sustainable Homes
Level 4 target
South Lambeth Road