Addressing increasing housing demands in the London Borough of Lewisham, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has unveiled their plans for the "Ladywell Pop-Up Village," which is to become one of the UK's first temporary housing villages.
The short term housing will provide accommodation for 24 families, alongside community and commercial spaces at street level. Drawing its name from the site of the former Ladywell Leisure Centre upon which it is to be located, the Ladywell Pop-Up Village is fully demountable, thanks to its volumetric construction technology. It is envisioned that the housing units will remain at the Ladywell site for up to four years, after which point they can be relocated throughout the Borough as needed.
Now in the final stages of development, the village will cost an estimated £4,300,000 pounds and could welcome occupants as early as late summer 2015.
Lewisham Council is currently facing peak demand levels for high quality temporary and two-bed accommodation, with the units meeting this demand and exceeding standard space requirements by 10%.
"We are very excited to be working with Lewisham council on the Ladywell site," said Ivan Harbour, partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, "By delivering well-designed, flexible and sustainable accommodation...we hope to change the way we think about house building in the future."
The project is part of Lewisham's town centre local plan, a long-term plan for the Borough's development produced in consultation with local residents. Locals will have a chance to view the plans for the Ladywell Pop-Up Village, as well as enter conversation with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners at an open forum in Lewisham Library on January 24 from 2PM to 4PM.