Borough High Street


The project

Prominently located along Borough High Street, this new-build seven-storey apartment block, complete with retail outlet at ground and basement floors, offered both home and retail owners value for money. Unique in appearance, the development was designed to meet current Lifetime Homes and Code for Sustainable Home Level 4.

True to planning approval

Appointed from Planning RIBA Stage 3/4, this scheme required the demolition of the existing detached public house situated on the corner of Suffolk and Borough High Street. Mindful of the local architecture, the proposed form remained true to planning approval. The building replicated the existing footprint of the pub with seven new floors consisting of nine residential units with commercial/retail outlet at basement and ground floors.

Overseeing to completion

The scheme is a modern intervention requiring an understanding towards the detailing, glazing, fa├žade treatments (SFS), and structural implications towards the proposed footprint. Our scope involved overseeing planning and sign-off of planning conditions, as well as the development of all relevant tender and construction packages overseeing the project to completion as lead designer.

Seamless co-ordination

Working in Revit, Lawray went on to produce a 3D model, which allowed other disciplines to explore and interface with the scheme. This formed the basis of our overall co-ordination programme, an approach that later saved valuable time during the technical design process, ironing out clash items and general services integration on site. During early workshops, Lawray reviewed with the team all respective elements including the basement works and the transfer slab required with structural implementation remaining within the planning constraints. The interiors also underwent revision to suit floor zones, services installation, and building control, while we remained mindful of the commercial parameters and necessity to maximize apartment/retail floor areas.