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Thrale Almshouses


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40 Norman Road , Greenwich , London , SE10 9QX , United Kingdom

Designed for the Thrale Almshouses and Relief in Need Charity the 17 new homes offer a contemporary interpretation of a historic typology, designed to reflect the social significance of these buildings while providing all residents with high-quality modern living. It is also a great example of how the modernisation of listed dwellings can provide 21st century living. Renovating the almshouses in Streatham was a balancing act between upgrading the outmoded 1930s housing standards and staying true to their Edwardian aesthetic. Aspirations of the HAPPI guidance were considered, taking into account the limitations of the existing building to achieve the best balance of improvements. The original almshouses have been extended and opened up to create spacious, well planned and flexible spaces where once there was a cluster of small poorly laid out rooms. Spacious, light-filled kitchens are positioned in new extensions at the rear of each terrace with direct access into a private secure courtyard. The scheme was shortlisted in the RICS Awards 2018, the Housing Design Awards 2014 and 2016, the NLA Awards 2016, and the London Planning Awards 2016.