Royal Hill

A new development of 16 homes for adults with autism and other learning difficulties to live independently as part of the community. Our proposal, developed within a complex and tight urban site seeks to provide a generosity of space and communal spirit, with uplifting homes that will serve the specific needs of the future occupants.

The proposed massing is broken down into 3 blocks which become higher at the edges to define the street edge and lower at the centre to prevent obstruction of neighbouring windows. Massing is oriented to avoid overlooking whilst rear façades are broken down to form terrace spaces and wildflower green roofs. A mixture of soft planting and hard landscaping throughout the proposal soften thresholds between private space– the presence of community gardens create a stimulus for social interaction, ensuring that occupants enjoy the psychological and financial benefits of urban planting, as well as increasing bio-diversity throughout the site. Sympathetic materials, roofing and roof-scape reference local character, massing and scale.

The apartments are carefully designed in line with current guidelines to ensure the development is sensitive to the specific needs of the future residents. Simple flat layouts and separate rooms for different uses minimise confusion, whilst deep thresholds emphasise movement between spaces. 


Royal Borough of Greenwich






Invited competition