The Library Street housing development in South East London was to be designed to provide high specification living and outdoor space, while also offering affordable housing.
The build, which was constrained by the budget requirements regulating affordable housing, set out “to remove the visual and design differentiation between public and private housing, and to use the process to start to evolve a new generation of residential architecture for North Southwark, an architecture that expresses itself in terms of an urban form which is contemporary, light, flexible, mixed tenure and contained within a mixed use environment.”
Marley Citideck®, a smooth non-slip deck board, was selected to create all raised walkways and balconies, as well as the roof garden.
The boards were supplied with full PEFC chain of custody, and treated to Use Class 3 and strength graded C16.
The development of six town houses and 34 flats has a combination of private and shared outdoor space. Each apartment has either a terrace or balcony and the large roof garden offers spectacular views across London.
The deck boards provide a safe non-slip surface, whilst complementing the high design standards of the project.
As well as making the roof space functional, the clean lines and natural appearance of the decked balconies help the apartments flow from inside to out making the most of the space available.
As the deck boards are smooth they are easier to clean as food and debris cannot become trapped, making them more suitable for urban and domestic use than traditional grooved boards.
The fine aggregate used for the anti-slip inserts gives superior slip resistance without presenting a trip hazard for the less able or children.
The 25-year guarantee against rot and decay means that CitiDeck® will provide a welcoming low maintenance solution for the Library Street development for many years to come.
Planters and trees on the landscaped roof garden give the space a very different feel to the buildings around it in busy SE1, and the inclusive space provides an inviting setting for residents to develop a sense of community.