Redkite Community Housing Framework Appointment

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MDR are delighted to have recently been appointed by Redkite Community Housing as one of their framework Architects.  We are keen to see this relationship grow over the coming months and for the potential new development opportunities this brings. We look forward to working with Redkite and providing some exceptional schemes in the near future.

County House Planning Success

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Yet another planning success for MDR Associates!

We are please to announce that our latest rooftop development scheme, County House, Beckenham, has recently secured planning consent.

The project consists of a single storey roof top extension to an existing mixed use building in Beckenham. Working closely with Hyde New Build and Davies Murch planning consultants the scheme will provide some much needed, additional housing.

The site held a previous planning consent for a four-unit expansion but our expert team architects established a design solution that would maximise the available space to provide three additional units. The final scheme secured a total of seven additional units comprising one and two bed flats. The proposed design solution allows for all of the existing units to remain occupied during construction.

The new units will meet housing provision requirements in the area.

If you would like any more information about our range of RTDs contact us at

The New London Plan and Green Infrastructure Evening

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MDR would like to thank everyone who attended last nights “The New London Plan and Green Infrastructure Evening’  with special thanks going to The Temple group for such an excellent presentation and Q&A session. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and it was great to see such a turn out. We hope you all enjoyed the night as much as we did.

There was some great debate and conversations throughout the evening with quote of the night going to Jenny Massingham of The Temple Group – “ The plan’s theme for good growth seeks to build thousands of affordable homes whilst creating an inclusive, greener city.”

If you would like any more information about last night’s event don’t hesitate to contact Harry at

Or click here  for the Temple Groups presentation. 

Rooftop Development Planning Success

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MDR are delighted to announce the successful determination for three of our flagship rooftop development schemes, Damory House, Thaxted Court and Chilton Grove, delivering much needed residential units in Southwark working with the Council, Engie and Blakeney Leigh.

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The site is currently occupied by council estate buildings, set for refurbishment as part of the wider area masterplan redevelopment and refurbishment. The scheme will see an additional 28 units constructed on top of the existing housing blocks. Find out more here. 



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Working closely with Southwark council and the contractor, we are pleased to have secured a successful planning decision for the erection of 44 additional residential units on top of two existing housing blocks. Taking a similar construction approach as that of Damory & Thaxted, 100% of this development will provide secured affordable housing. Find out more here. 


This RTD approach allows for maximum site utilisation and the provision of much needed residential accommodation within Southwark. Working with existing residents in situ, the proposal will deliver a range of benefits for residents, including:

  • Increased building insulation, reducing heating and energy bills.
  • The design of the extension aims to deliver an improved environment to live, designing the building not only to be thermally efficient but also to be aesthetically pleasing.
  • Improved landscaping and amenity spaces.
  • Enhanced security and entry systems and in some places lift access.
  • Overall increased property values, achieved by designing more dynamic properties and more appealing block design.

The proposed structural system for the new roof extension will utilise a steel framing system which makes handling easier. Being lighter than traditional timber construction, it is a quick and efficient system with no hammering of nails, power saw to cut or manoeuvring of heavy sections on the roof. The system means the speed of build is considerably quicker when compared to conventional construction methods. Unit sections (floor, wall, ceiling and roof) can be modular; constructed off site and lifted into position or alternatively “flat packed“ to be erected on-site.

The approval of both these flagship schemes comes as MDR roll out our bespoke methodology and approach to potential rooftop and infill sites. MDR are on track to deliver hundreds of rooftop and infill units from feasibility studies through planning and on site in 2018.

If you have a site that you would like our dedicated and experienced rooftop development team to review, please contact our commercial director Penny Fitzpatrick (



Dunheved Planning Success

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MDR have had a great start to the year having received planning consent for the proposed development at 10-12 Dunheved Road from Croydon Council. 

The scheme has been through multiple design iterations, juggling detailed requirements of both the client and the council. The project will see the demolition of three 2/3 storey residential buildings and the erection of a 35 unit residential scheme offering a range of tenures, through the redevelopment this brownfield site. 

Lingfield Lodge Planning Success

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MDR are excited to announce the successful planning consent for Lingfield Lodge.

Working with Eldon Homes and Keepmoat, MDR are designing and delivering the much needed redevelopment in the heart of East Grinstead. The scheme will deliver a mixed tenure, extra care facility, including private sale units. The scheme consists of :

  • 49 new extra care homes
  • Full landscaped gardens and communal areas
  • High quality contemporary design that draws references from the local architecture and is harmonious to the context
  • A number of energy saving measures
  • A range of associated services including social hubs, fitness areas, hairdressers, dining and lounge rooms

The project will see the replacement of the current, outdated and vacant retirement home. In its place we will be providing a modern, energy efficient building, sympathetically designed to reflect its surroundings whilst providing some much needed extra care facilities for the elderly.

MDR’s New Additions To The Senior Team

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We are delighted to announce Neil Stephens’ s promotion to  Director. Neil, a member of RIBA  has over 16 years in architectural practice,  leading teams, resource planning, project management and detailed designs and has a great track record in technical delivery. Neil experience also includes sustainable design , self build and  co housing, where he is part of the co housing board of directors Richard Shrimplin has also joined us as senior architect and project leader , as a RIBA architect Richard has over 10 years experience in residential and mixed use developments.


MDR Open Office

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Travelling to a meeting in London? Have some time to kill? Need quick access to wi-fi, hold a meeting or just fancy a tea or coffee? With the new London Bridge station due to open in 2018, travelling via SE1 has never been easier.

MDR are pleased to launch our “Open Doors” program from the  2nd January 2018. Our offices will be available to all clients, between 09:00 and 17:00 for use of facilities, services or even for a quick chat.

All you need to do is email Harry on ahead of your visit and we will be sure to accommodate you.

Pomeroy Completion

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MDR successfully achieved planning permission from Lewisham council in 2015 for a new build residential scheme located at 29 Pomeroy Street in Peckham.

MDR’s proposals went through several pre-applications and detailed design reviews before the final scheme comprising 37 one, two and three bed units achieved consent.

MDR visited the site on Thursday (17th November 2017) prior to hand over to Clarion Housing Association by contractors Skillcrown Homes. Skillcrown managed to successfully mange a tricky site to delivery a scheme of excellent quality. The scheme will provide much needed affordable housing provision and occupants are expected to begin moving in Pre-Christmas.

The new occupants will be greeted with superb amenity spaces, high ceilings and easy access to local amenities and main line rail stations. We are delighted with the result.

To find out more about the project Click here