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Christopher Boone’s Almshouses

Christopher Boone’s Almshouses – An 88 home redevelopment in Lewisham that primarily delivers new housing for elderly people.

The housing association, One Housing, have partnered with The Merchant Taylor’s Boone’s charity to redevelop this Lewisham site.  The project consists of 62 one and two bed Extra Care apartments for elderly people. The remaining 26 homes are being sold on the open market.

The Challenge

The development was designed by PRP Architecture and main contracted by Rydon Construction. The main element of the project was the Extra Care U-shaped building that was constructed around a central courtyard garden. Each flat has its own access door off the central walkways.

The design requirements for the balustrade presented a number of initial challenges:

  1. In some areas, the base fixing detail on the balustrade needed to finish flush with the finished floor level and with the outside edge of the brick fascia. This presented a complexity as the balustrade base fixing would need to be elevated off the concrete slab.
  2. The handrails on the walkways needed to be warm-to-touch.

The Solution

Our final balustrade solution for the project included our B40 Frameless Glass balustrade to the concrete balconies and terraces. We worked closely with surrounding trades, such as the cladding sub-contractors, to provide an aluminium trim product that interfaced with the balcony fascias. On the balconies, we used a small low-profile aluminium capping trim to the top of the glass. For the walkway balustrade we provided a 42mm diameter offset satin stainless steel handrail.

For the internal stair cores, we provided our B20 Post and Glass Infill balustrade. This was complemented with our B10 Wall-Mounted stainless steel handrail. On one stair, this balustrade option was installed to a curved stair flight where a curved handrail was used with faceted glass infill panels.

Project Achievements