A site rich in history which later fell into use as an industrial waste site, Manor Place’s revival is at the heart of a wider push for regeneration in Elephant & Castle.
In 2013 Notting Hill Genesis purchased the Manor Place site, which had been used as a recycling yard for several decades previously. As lead contractor, Durkan has carefully redeveloped the land to preserve valuable local history while delivering much-needed new homes for the area.
The development features 272 residential apartments, in addition to 3730 sqm of commercial space. Opportunities for shared ownership or social rent are available at close to half of the properties, with 82 for shared ownership, 44 for social rent and 146 for private sale.
It’s recent past as an industrial waste site far from tells the full story of Manor Place. A Grade II listed Victorian bathhouse which later became a prominent London boxing venue sits at its heart, while a Coroner’s Court dating back to 1899 is another building of local historical importance. It was decided at the outset of the project that both of these buildings should be protected, and construction has been carefully carried out to incorporate them into the project. Both have been redeveloped to provide modern apartments and commercial space, safeguarding their future while creating a real link between historical and contemporary London.
It took two-and-a-half years of planning and research to start development at Manor Place, with Durkan working together with Notting Hill Genesis, multiple other consultants and the Museum of London Archaeology to understand the site and prepare the scheme. Taking into account the site’s long and varied history, as well as current constraints, this work was crucial to making the development viable.
The first task was a clean-up operation to deal with the site’s industrial past. After being used as a waste disposal site in the 19th and 20th centuries, a careful series of excavation and removal works was planned and carried out in collaboration with specialist contractors. During this work, the Museum of London Archeology was invited to assist with the excavation and carry out its own research.
Development also had to take into account the Thameslink train line running through the middle of the site, with construction going on just a few feet away. Throughout this process there was constant monitoring of any activity to ensure there was no risk to structural integrity. The brick-built embankment the line runs on has a series of arches below, which have been refurbished to allow commercial units to be situated in between them, safely utilising additional space.
A strong commitment to community integration was demonstrated throughout the construction process, with an aim of fostering a positive relationship with those living closest to the site. Durkan and Notting Hill Genesis engaged with local employment agent Southwark Works, The British Legion and Millwall Football Club to offer training and employment opportunities to local people, in addition to meeting with a local history group to discuss street names that are fitting to the local area.