Tower House Lewisham
Once a vibrant department store – Royal Arsenal Cooperative Society, in more recent years Tower House was converted into a pub and gym, but with little success.
- 9,000ft2 Awarded Excellent
- BREEAM Awarded Excellent
About Tower House
Our new design proposals for MHA London reinstate the building's landmark status by delivering a renovated street presence, as well as 56 high quality flats within the existing building and in a new two storey roof extension.
The flats in the main building will benefit from the dramatic high ceilings of the original department store. The extension, containing additional flats, will be clad in pleated metal panels with inset balconies, both design details referencing the art deco building style, whilst also creating a subtle contrast between old and new. The striking vertical panels mirror the brick pillars of the Tower and on the existing window frames.
The extension is set back behind a landmark brick tower that stands 9.5 metres above the original roof. Barr Gazetas has ensured the tower's urban significance remains by establishing distance between it and the new extension behind. The building's exterior façade has a curved front, which follows the ancient path of the now culverted River Quaggy. To reinforce this strong feature, Barr Gazetas has continued this curved design on the façade of the roof extension.
The exterior of the building's lower three floors is clad in Faience tiles which will be cleaned and repaired. In addition, unique relief panels display ocean liners, trains, and lorries bringing goods to the department store, and the Royal Arsenal Cooperative Society logo. These historic illustrations will be restored and dramatically lit. At street level, Barr Gazetas will reinstate the lost shop fronts. On the second floor, angled Crittal bay windows bring back a feature that had disappeared many years ago.