Harper Road, 2020

mixture of new homes in Southwark

Located north east of Borough Tube station, Harper Road is a residential development built on the site of a warehouse, depot building and a former County Court. The 64 homes include ground floor maisonettes with gardens, flats with private balconies, penthouse flats and duplexes with roof gardens for both private and affordable use which all exceed London Plan minimum standard. Alongside this we created an office space, and a communal roof garden for residents.

The design creates a series of differing buildings facing the street, to create rich visual variety and a mixed grain. The previous County Court on the site was a locally listed building and had a significant street presence. The design of the housing that replaces it echoes many key characteristics, brick colour and dominant eaves line, to keep the contribution of its townscape features, while building new to allow for better homes.

Elements of the existing building, such as the decorative stonework and metalwork are incorporated, together with the reclaimed dressed stone from the façade. We worked with a heritage consultant to ensure that these proposals sat well with the adjacent Trinity Church Square Conservation Area.

The building at the end of the street has a prominent position facing the park and turns the corner with two equally significant facades. A golden two storey set back celebrates the top and helps set it apart from the base.


Corporation of Trinity House and acorn trinity square

landscape architects

matthew wigan associates

structural engineer

Price & myers

services engineer


planning consultants

greer pritchard

heritage consultant

richard coleman

picture credits

fred howarth, grant frazer