Resolution to grant planning: Dickens Square Park Surgery, Southwark

By Paul

We’re thrilled to have successfully secured a resolution to grant planning permission for a new sustainable development at Dickens Square Park Surgery, Southwark, comprising a new 1,000 m2 medical centre and 39 new homes.

The development will provide a mix of 1-, 2- and 3-bed dwellings, including 41% affordable housing. The GP surgery will cater for 85% more patients than the current surgery, occupying double the floorspace. The scheme will help transform the local area, providing a focal point for the wider regeneration project that is already underway. It sits on the corner of the park and will create a new, landscaped entrance to the public space.

The redevelopment of the park is nearly complete, featuring new pathways, increased visibility and a new play area. To create a design-led scheme that truly reflects what the neighbourhood needs, we collaborated closely with Nexus Planning, landscape architects LDA Design and Southwark Council.

The TAS team considered wellbeing throughout the building design, which maximises natural daylight and ventilation. The design frames the views of trees from the ground and first floor surgery as well as from the homes on the floors above, 95% of which will be dual aspect. A large cycle storage area promotes a car-free lifestyle, while the new Dickens Square Park Surgery will include improved facilities for staff and spacious waiting rooms that will enable a 15,000 patient list.

We worked closely with Price & Myers and Max Fordham, making sure that sustainability is paramount to the design. Overall, the aim is to achieve CO2 emissions savings of at least 58% better than building regulations. This will be achieved using passive house strategies, thermal efficiency and solar and air source heat pumps for renewable energies.

Tags: Design, Planning

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