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Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge


Client London Borough of Lewisham

Number of homes 38 (Resolution Studios)

Local authority London Borough of Lewisham

A new civic heart, pump-priming the regeneration of Deptford town centre, this project is also a model of co-location, combining: a primary academy, district library, community centre, artists’ studios, affordable homes and a market square.

PTE provided a full service from concept to completion and was novated by Lewisham Council to the building contractor.

“Deptford Lounge is the jewel in the crown of the regeneration of Deptford. This is a fantastic public space with first-class facilities. Together with new homes, new artists’ units and gallery space, and new parking facilities the complex will strengthen the local economy, improve business opportunities, and build upon Deptford’s reputation for artistic excellence.”

Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, London Borough of Lewisham

“Right from the start PTE were very amenable to the fact that we wanted full involvement in the design process. They suggested that we break into some stakeholder groups – teachers, teaching assistants, the admin team and obviously the children. We set up representative groups for those stakeholders and they met with us for a period of several months and they facilitated the meetings, they tried to work up a profile of our aspirations, our expectations – the non-negotiables, what we had on the wish-list....we really were fully involved in that process."

Mark Elms, Former Headteacher, Tidemill Academy

“The residential bit’s quite interesting – a mixture of triplex and duplex units in 5 stories....The other great aspects to the scheme include its inter-connected hall and assembly spaces, rooftop ball court, changing facilities, design and technology music rooms, and independent access to school kitchen facilities making it available for private hire by the community, district library, resource centre for start-up businesses, artists’ studios... It’s brilliant!”

Roger Hawkins, World Architecture News Awards judge 2011


  • Education Estates Award 2014 — Finalist
  • Civic Trust Award 2013 — Commendation
  • London Planning Award 2013 — Winner
  • RICS London and South East Award 2013 — Commendation
  • European Copper in Architecture Award 2013 — Finalist
  • Building Award 2013 — Finalist
  • International Property Award 2012 — Winner
  • New London Award 2012 — Winner
  • Structural Steel Design Award 2012 — Commendation
  • Surface Design Award 2012 — Finalist
  • World Architecture News Award 2011 — Winner