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Lingham Court


Client Metropolitan Housing Trust

Site area 0.3

Number of homes 30

Homes per hectare 96

Local authority London Borough of Lambeth

Lingham Court is Metropolitan Housing Trust’s competition-winning extra-care scheme for Lambeth Social Services. Our brief was to build 30 affordable flats to wheelchair standards without any funding assistance, and PTE developed a concept that would achieve this brief from the sale of contemporary quality housing on the same site.

The scheme also had to meet the challenge posed by the site’s position over two underground Tube lines by using light gauge steel panels prefabricated off site for both the floors and load bearing walls. Bathrooms and wheelchair accessible kitchens were also prefabricated off site as ‘pods’ and lifted fully furnished into place.

The distinctive form of the building is derived from the arrangement of the sheltered flats in two crescents, creating a southwest-facing private garden which provides a tranquil external space in this busy urban location. The street face on the Clapham Road consists of a five storey block with a retail unit at ground floor. Nestling between the crescent and the street frontage segment is the ‘egg tower’, which provides a focal point for the scheme.

“Lingham Court was praised for its innovative funding approach and for being a design-led scheme.”

Housing Design Awards Judge

"Lingham Court is a great example of how successful housing associations are at using innovative approaches, such as cross-subsidy, to generate additional funding for new affordable housing developments in London. ‘The striking design of Lingham Court and its use for a local hub for a range of older people’s clubs n Stockwell makes this development a rich asset, not just for people living there, but for the whole community."

Rona Nicholson, Director, London Field


  • British Homes Award 2007 — Commended
  • National Homebuilder Design Award 2006 — Highly Commended
  • Housing Design Project Award 2006 — Winner