London Borough of Southwark

Abbey House is a residential development in the heart of Bermondsey, offering 51 apartment units, 35% to be affordable housing. The landscape design of the podium deck is inspired by the fluvial waters of the nearby River Thames.

Semi-mature multi-stem silver birches and a variety of understory planting recreate the characteristics of a small urban woodland.

R-LA always takes a multi-layered holistic approach right from a project’s inception. Specialists in GIS software, R-LA begins the design process with a detailed desktop study of the site and the surrounding area which ensures that any risks, such as flooding from surface water run-off, or priority habitats that must be protected, do not present an unnecessary and costly surprise further down the design process. R-LA looks at public access and the multiple deprivation index to ensure that all communities are considered when developing proposals. Through this detailed research, R-LA is able to identify opportunities for the site to implement a SuDS strategy which in turn will boost Biodiversity Net Gain and Carbon sequestration.


Developer: Notting Hill Homes
Contractor: Allenbuild South East
Architects: Child Graddon Lewis
Planning Application: Jan 2014 - landscape approval
Stage: Under Construction