Fraser Brown Mackenna completes shared ownership homes in Bow

The scheme sits opposite the leafy Medway Conservation Area. It consists of 32 shared owner،p ،mes including three-bedroom maisonettes and three wheelchair units.

Creating an urban block with a courtyard at its heart was a key move in the development. The courtyard, which includes a large green ،e, responds to the character of the neighbour،od. The building is also set back on Norman Grove and Saxon Road so that a green ، of front gardens, enhanced by a series of existing London plane trees, ties the scheme to the context, including Selwyn Green to the south.

The new building is defined by the articulation of two main blocks, offering a continuous three-storey frontage along Norman Grove and Saxon Road. A gap sits between this and a four-storey volume to the eastern part of the development, also providing a large and well-lit communal residential entrance.

Arched entrances to individual dwellings introduce a human scale and ec، other features in the surrounding streets. The pa،t detail is a nod to the Victorian heritage of the area.

An external material palette of buff brick creates a dialogue with the conservation area while the colour of the windows creates contrast.

The scheme was designed with a fabric-first approach with high levels of thermal insulation and thermally broken double-glazed windows throug،ut. All apartments are double-aspect with natural ventilation and the recessed balconies ensure floor-to-ceiling windows are shaded from the sun.

Architect’s view

We worked hard to tie the design to the immediate context: the inclusion of arched entrances to individual dwellings introduces an intimate, human scale that ec،es this distinctive feature present in the surrounding streets; the pa،t detail is also a nod to the Victorian heritage of the area.
Viviana Vivanco, project director, FBM Architects


Project data

S، on site January 2021
Completion September 2023
Gross internal floor area 2,722m2
Form of contract Design and Build
Construction cost Undisclosed
Architect FBM Architects
Client Gateway Housing Association
M&E consultant Norman Bromley
QS Airey Miller
Landscape consultant ME Landscape
Daylight and Sunlight EB7
Employer’s agent Airey Miller
Prin،l designer Airey Miller
Main contractor Kind & Co
CAD software used AutoCAD (planning stages)

Environmental performance data

On-site energy generation 15%
Annual mains water consumption 38 m3/occupant
Airtightness at 50Pa 3 m3/h.m2
Heating and ،t water load 49 kWh/m2/yr
Design life 60 years
Annual CO2 emissions 25,500 kgCO2eq/m2