Open House 2014

By | Community, Residential | 4 Comments

With the preparations for this year’s open house now well underway, this weekend is set to be one to remember.

Since its establishment in 1992, Open House has sought to open up some of London’s finest example of architecture to the public, engaging local communities in discussion beyond the workplace or classroom. As a non-profit organisation, Open House allows the general public to access some of the capital’s most prolific buildings. Whether you are interested in 21st century urban design, the ever-evolving skyline of London or the concept of a ‘green city’ then be sure to plan you weekend to make the most of all that is available.

This year, MDR Associates are pleased to be participating with the events of the weekend. Some of our staff will be leading tours of Dawsons Heights, the iconic residential block located on the edge of East Dulwich.

Designed in the 1960’s by architect Kate Macintosh for Southwark Borough Council, the building has created a lasting mark on the area that has certainly caused much debate over the years.

The development, consisting of almost 300 residential units over two main blocks of 12 storeys, took 8 years to complete for the grand sum of £1.6m. In 2012 the building was a strong candidate to be considered for a Grade II listing by English Heritage.

There is no need to book a place, simply turn up and enjoy the tour. Groups will be able to access the building between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 20th September 2014.

To find out more please visit

Hope to see you there!

Southwark Planning Success

By | Planning, Residential | 174 Comments

MDR are happy to announce another successful planning application.

Southwark Council recently granted full planning permission for an exciting residential scheme located on Sumner Road, Peckham.

The proposal, consisting of 14 residential units, utilises a vacant, ex- council office block, to create a high quality residential development in Central Peckham.

Careful consideration has been given to landscape design, material selection, car reduction and cycle storage. Renewable energy will be sourced via photovoltaic panelling and Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) to provide a scheme that reaches CfSH level 4.

Being located on a primarily residential road, the scheme aimed to provide an aesthetic enhancement to the surrounding area, whilst being respectful to the neighbouring Grade II listed St. Luke’s Anglican School.

The scheme has been successful in delivering a modern, medium density terraced building solution, reflected by the swift and thorough planning decision that adds to our impeccable planning history with Southwark Council.

Flowers Way Planning Submission

By | Luton, Mixed Use, Residential, Student Accommodation | 53 Comments

We are pleased to announce the formal submission for a detailed planning application of one of our largest schemes to date. Flowers Way, located in the heart of Luton, comprises a mix of 130 residential units and 359 student accommodation rooms, as well as prime commercial space.

On the site of an under-used car park, we have produced a scheme that seamlessly integrates with the urban Luton context along with our neighbouring scheme, Park Street West. Working to a strict client brief, we were able to maximise the site’s true value with a result in the generation of surplus units.

Overcoming a multitude of difficulties, the team relied on extensive experience within the area to produce an 11 storey development sympathetic to its surroundings and looking set to bring positive investment to an under-utilised area of Luton.

Visit the project page for more information.

New Cross Road Successful Planning Application

By | News, Residential | 405 Comments

We can safely add another successful planning application to the list.

New Cross Road is a mixed use scheme with 44 units of mixed tenure in Lewisham.

Occupying a key corner gateway site within the Deptford High Street Conservation and wider regeneration area, the design proposal was the fruitful outcome of an extensive design and pre-application process and close dialogue with Lewisham planning and urban design. Commended by English Heritage for the response to context within scale, materials and architectural rhythm, the project was consented on appeal to provide 44 homes ranging form 1 to 3 bed apartments built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.

For more information, head to the project page where you can download the case study in PDF.