Case Study

Church Grove, Lewisham

South East London

This community project provide 36 affordable affordable homes, flats and maisonettes for local residents on a brownfield site alongside a river. The two south-facing, 4-storey buildings are designed as a PassivHaus scheme. 

The facade features fibre cement Hardie Panels in 8 hues through orange, yellow, blue/green and grey/brown, with the colours on each apartment selected by the future tenants. achieving a BRE Green Guide A+ summary rating. 

The cladding contract also comprises Petrarch architectural panels; Euroclad Elite System 53 Sinosoidal steel sheet and Knotwood aluminium batten screening to walkways and staircases. 

The project was developed by RUSS Community Land Trust and inspired by the self-build legacy of Walter Segal. Originally envisaged in timber, the scheme was redesigned for passive fire safety by SEH Architects.


We are very pleased with the quality of the installation.

A²O worked collaboratively with other subcontractors ... and were key in providing V.E. alternatives for planning approval to help deliver a very striking architectural feature.

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Danny Haskins
Contract Manager


The project was originally designed in timber. Then it was  redesigned for passive fire safety. 

It was challenging for the Community Land Trust to achieve planning approval along with the budget controls required to get the project to build.

There was an 11-week delay on delivery of one of the cladding systems, due to a third party error.

The project a wide variety of materials, details and interfaces.

This Community project incorporated residents working on their own apartments within the build.


The installation was completed to Passive Fire Protection standard LPS 1531.

A2O put forward Value Engineering alternatives, which contributed to obtaining planning permission while keeping the budget on track.

A2O was flexible on programme, working around the delay and returning to site at a later stage.

REVIT was used to detail interfaces and avoid clashes.

A2O worked collaboratively with and around other subcontractors and the residents.

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