EMPRESS MEWS, CAMBERWELL

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DEVELOPER
Northstar 2000

LOCATION
Empress Way, border between Loughborough Junction and Camberwell, London borough of Lambeth

STAGE
complete

SCALE
fifteen new-build live/work two to three bedroom units o­n site of former printing works ranging in size from1223sqft - 1730sqft

DIVISION OF LIVE/WORK SPACE
50:50: live/work space is divided with separate door or shared lobby leading o­nto work space

GETTING PLANNING CONSENT
Took two years to secure planning permission. Scheme was initially refused by Lambeth, after members overturned officers recommendation for approval. Committee insisted that the scheme should be marketed for 12 months to prove there was no continuing demand for it as an employment site. Client appealed against the scheme and lost as a result of concerns about overlooking o­nto neighbouring properties. But permission was granted by the local authority following changes to design to resolve these concerns.

FUNDING
Private development

TARGET MARKET
Mix of professionals eg architects, accountants and creative businesses

NETWORKING/CLUSTERING?
None

VIABILITY
12 out of 15 units sold for £150-160,00 to £320,000

TENURE
Flats are sold o­n 999 year leases

EMPLOYMENT IMPACT
Most units combined live/work with some let out purely for workspace, including an outreach centre for the Terence Higgins Trust AIDS charity

ICT
CAT 5 cabled

CONTACT
North Star director Edward Heldreich




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