Building Tour: Mapleton Crescent with Metropolitan Workshop

Join Metropolitan Workshop for a tour of the practice’s RIBA Award-winning residential high-rise in Wandsworth, south London


05:00pm, Thursday, 29 August 2019


06:30pm, Thursday, 29 August 2019

Tour Guide:

Neil Deely


Tom Mitchell

Jonathan Drage

Duration: 1.5 hours

Time: 17:00 - 18:30

Tickets: £8 // AF Members and Supporters can receive 20% Discount with code

Start: Meet outside 11 Mapleton Crescent, Wandsworth, London, SW18 4AU

Getting There: Wandsworth Town rail station

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Take a tour with Neil Deely (co-founder and partner), Tom Mitchell (associate director) and Jonathan Drage (senior associate) exploring Metropolitan Workshop’s innovative modular project for developer Pocket Living.

The building’s 450sq m site was land left over from building the 1970s Southside Shopping Centre. It remained undeveloped because of challenging constraints. Pocket Living saw opportunity in these constraints and acquired the site. A combination of in-situ concrete structure and off-site prefabrication unlocked its potential, delivering cost and time advantages.

The brief was to maximise affordable homes whilst improving public realm. Entrance lobby, delivery lockers, a cycle store with workbench and changing facilities, residents’ lounge and ancillary spaces are within the first two floors, creating a “plinth” onto which 243 steel-framed modules, with five apartments per floor in two wings, were craned and installed in six weeks – reducing noise, and site waste by 90 per cent.

A triangular, triple-aspect core creates a vibrant social heart, three residents’ lounges, a roof terrace and new riverside terrace offer amenity and views, challenging the notion towers impede community development. The site’s shape inspired its terracotta cladding, with three triangular profiles (fold, pleat and rib) holding and reflecting sunlight, animating elevations. Local artist Lorraine Rutt helped develop the lustrous turquoise glaze.

Tour Guides:

Neil Deely
Neil is co-founder and partner of architecture and urbanism practice Metropolitan Workshop LLP established in 2004, with studios in London and Dublin. His expertise lies in the design of complex residential led mixed-use projects, masterplanning and major public realm projects. He facilitates open, collaborative design dialogues and has a deep understanding and interest in the relationship between people and place. He leads the practice’s ongoing research into suburban housing densities, modular construction and the UK’s Private Rented Sector. 

Recent award-winning projects include Mapleton Crescent, for affordable housing developer Pocket Living, and Balham Town Centre public realm. Current key projects include Nationwide Building Society’s first housing scheme in Swindon and Somerleyton Road housing-led mixed-use scheme for Lambeth Council. He recently advised the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames on the preparation of a Strategic Development Brief for the regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate.

Tom Mitchell
Tom has worked for 20 years with founding partner Neil Deely and led a large number of residential projects and mixed use masterplans, many of which have won regional or national design awards. Since April 2016, Tom has been leading the team to design a masterplan for the renewal of the Westbury Estate on behalf of London Borough of Lambeth. The project consists of 334 new and replacement homes, with a layout successfully negotiated with Estate residents. The scheme won planning permission earlier this year.

Tom has been a regular contributor and speaker at this years’ programme of events run by Urban Design London, whose delegates are predominantly local council planning officers. Recent topics for his lectures include ‘Urban Infill Sites’ and ‘Density’. He has advised many Housing Associations on the design of their S106 purchases. This involved an assessment of urban design merits of each scheme – building layouts, siting, massing and architecture. His honest assessments have helped our Registered Provider clients avoid purchasing some poor schemes. Where projects have fallen just below the target score necessary to achieve HCA funding, Tom has advised developers on how their schemes can be approved to achieve to necessary Building for Life scores.

Jonathan Drage
Jonathan was project architect for Mapleton Crescent, a recently completed and award-winning 27- storey, 89-home, steel-framed volumetric tower in Wandsworth for developer Pocket Living. Jonathan is also responsible for Addiscombe Grove now on site in Croydon. This slender part 21 and part 9 storey tower uses a similar volumetric system to Mapleton Crescent and will provide 153 affordable homes for the same client.

Jonathan is also leading the project to replace Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar, Tower Hamlets for Swan Housing. This will include 268 homes in four buildings, landscape and basement car park in collaboration with Haworth Tompkins Architects and has started on site. Jonathan is responsible for office Quality and Environmental Management Systems and runs Technical Reviews of projects. He has excellent project management and analytical skills, takes a keen interest in historic architecture and is a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. He has extensive design and delivery experience within the residential and education sectors on large and small scale projects. Previous employers include MJP Architects, Patel Taylor and BDP Architects.