Thrale Almshouses, Streatham

Thrale Almshouses


The Almshouses in Streatham, South London dating back to the 1930s required modernising and the scheme arranged as a horseshoe, lacked security. The unique scheme, which entailed the refurbishment and extension of 8 pre-existing locally listed almshouses and the addition of 9 new build flats on underutilized land, transformed the scheme creating a secure courtyard allowing each of the 17 residents a view and access into the landscaped communal garden with a pergola and benches as the centrepiece.

Red Loft was delighted to be involved in the redevelopment of the Almshouses delivered within the 2011-15 Affordable Housing Programme. Our project management role encompassed all aspects of the scheme from overseeing the design process, appointing consultants, submitting planning permission to the tendering and managing of the building contract. 

We achieved planning permission in 2013 and in 2014 it was shortlisted in the Housing Design Awards’ HAPPI category, which commends innovation in Housing for Older people. 

An Opening ceremony which took place in October 2015 allowed Red Loft the opportunity to return to an occupied scheme where we had the privilege of meeting a few of the residents, single older women, some of whom were previously homeless. Beverly commented, “I feel like I’m at home, the design, everything is just really good.” 

The ceremony was Labour MP Chuka Umunna’s second visit to the scheme. Following a tour of one of the homes and the burying of a time capsule, he commented on the need for the development of more well thought out, high quality spacious affordable rented homes such as the almshouses to remain with charitable organisations and RSLs to continue to benefit those most in need.

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