The British Homes Awards


Standard Setter

London’s Elephant and Castle is in the early stages of a major regeneration that will last for a decade or more, and Printworks is in the vanguard of the area’s transformation. With its landmark design by Glenn Howells Architects, the scheme clearly sets the standard for the area’s emerging architecture and it set the standard for this category too, earning the top prize from the judges.

The nine-storey block containing 164 apartments relates to neighbouring buildings in its form and scale, but has a bold and innovative design. The scheme is clad in bronze anodised aluminium, reflecting the industrial history of the site and giving a sharp, durable finish. The cladding, with its horizontal banding, also gives the building a changing aspect in different weathers, according to the levels and directness of natural light.

The scheme is designed to a BREEAM EcoHomes environmental rating of Very Good and will have a multi-utility network (MUSCO) for heating and grey water. The grey water will be used in apartment WCs and washing machines. A rainwater harvesting system provides water to irrigate the communal garden Photovoltaic panels on the scheme’s roof will supply 10 per cent of predicted energy consumption.

Apartments range in size from 45 square metres to 107 square metres and have such features as floor to ceiling windows and full height doors. Some homes have balconies or terraces extending across the full width of both bedroom and living room.


Glenn Howells Architects
29 Maltings Place
169 Tower Bridge Road
Tel: 020 7407 9915
Fax: 020 7407 9914
Contact: Reinhold Schmaderer


First Base
71 Broadwick Street
Tel: 0207 851 5555
Fax: 0207 851 5599
Contact: Elliot Lipton