|Address:||Plough Way, London SE16|
|Work Type:||new built|
|Number of Units:||48|
The Sutton Dwellings by Frederick MacManus & Partners were commissioned by the Sutton Dwellings Housing Trust (now William Sutton Housing Association) and built according to Parker Morris standards. The new dwellings extend an existing 1915 estate, which also belongs to the Trust.
The client brief required accommodation for singles (bed sitting room flats), disabled people (two roomed flats) and families (five person flats). The entire development, besides a nursery playgroup, a workshop, yard and accommodation for five resident staff, has forty-eight dwellings on five storeys, with four staircases serving two units each on floors one to four - the flats on the ground floor are accessed straight from the pedestrian access on the rear of the block. The ground floor accommodates the single person flats; the first, second and third floor accommodates family flats; and the top floor contains the two person flats.
Access to all units is not from the Plough Way, a main thoroughfare, but from the ground floor on the inward facing side of the building. The space between the existing estate and the new housing block contains an elongated one storey building that accommodates additional functions as well as garages, the roof of which used as a playground for children, bowling green and other activities. This raised communal space also has a direct link to each of the four staircase areas in the residential block.
The entire programme, residential and down to the garages, is accommodated within the same structural grid, a reinforced concrete frame construction. The loadbearing elements are within the layer of the external skin, with one additional row of columns on the inside of the building. Apart from these few constructional fixed elements, only the staircase core is fixed in plan. Each of the family flats has a condensed central core that contains a bathroom, separate WC, a number of storage cabinets and the kitchen, which is attached to the courtyard facing long side of the core. The remaining space can be divided according to the needs of a particular occupant.
'Sutton Dwellings, Plough Way, London, SE16', Architectural Design, 1968, p. 8.