Contract Name: Christopher Boone’s Almshouses
Contract Value: £25 million
Architect: PRP Architects
Client: One Housing Group

Rydon delivered this development of 88 new homes, 62 of which are for older people, alongside a range of high quality self-contained facilities in Lewisham, South London.

The homes were developed by housing association One Housing in partnership with The Merchant Taylor’s Boone’s Charity.

The £25m development included 62 one and two bedroom homes for people over 57 years – 32 of which were returned to The Merchant Taylor’s Boone’s Charity as almshouses for their beneficiaries – with a further 26 homes for open market sale supporting the funding of the development.

Previously home to the Christopher Boone’s Almshouses, built in 1963, the new homes have made better use of this large site and offer urgently needed appropriate housing for older residents in Lewisham.

The design of this high specification scheme encircles a central courtyard containing a circular covered walkway and features large private balconies. Self-contained facilities include a communal lounge and summer room, as well as outdoor landscaped garden spaces for residents.

The development is ideally located in close proximity to a range of shops, transport and community facilities.

Rydon built each home to be environmentally friendly incorporating underfloor heating and solar panels, providing sustainable heating and hot water through a communal heating system, together with well insulated building fabric.