As part of our Innovate UK project, Circular Economy Business Models, we collaborated with Jeff Endean at Lewisham Council to prepare this case study. He spoke alongside our team at Resource 2016 and we have since conducted an interview with Jeff to draw out the learning from the project. Jeff has kindly suggested we conduct a design review with the architects Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners, project managers AECOM and contractors SIG.

Lewisham Council have delivered a deployable residential development using a volumetric construction method on the site of the former Ladywell Leisure Centre, which was demolished in 2014 and left vacant pending redevelopment. This responds to the increasing demand for housing and the dwindling supply.

The temporary housing development has a maximum procurement budget of £4,980,000 and will remain on site for between 1-4 years, providing 24 homes for local people in housing need as well as eight ground-floor non-residential units for community and business use, including a café and Enterprise Hub. All units exceed the current space standard requirements by 10%, helping the Council to meet an existing shortfall in high quality temporary and two-bed accommodation whilst it develops new build and estate regeneration programmes for the Ladywell site and others.


This scheme may offer a solution to an all too common problem that plagues many development sites, which often sit unused while complex regeneration plans are put together”

Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham


The volumetric technology (timber SIPS) provides high quality, energy-efficient accommodation and means that the development can be built faster (contract time to practical completion was 9 months) and cheaper (manufacturing cost £1200m2) than if traditional methods were used. The finished structure is also fully demountable meaning it could be used over a number of years and in different locations across the borough.

Key facts

Date: 2014-2016 Location: Lewisham, London
Client: Lewisham Borough Council Architect: Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners
Project manager: AECOM Contractor: SIG Build

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