A Brownfield site in Ladywell was offered by Lewisham in support of the creation of 36 new residential homes by Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS), a community land trust. The idea of this community-oriented project is based on the local requirement for affordable living, enabling Lewisham Council to reduce the housing waiting list and free up larger homes for families. The development provides a range of affordable housing options to include, social rent,

Appointed as Client Representative, HUSH have been supporting RUSS in the management of the scheme the delivery phase. As the conduit of information we tailor this accordingly to suit the respective stakeholder groups. HUSH have brought our expertise to support RUSS and the Board of volunteers in the provision on unbiased advise that is cognisant of the sensitivities of the project alongside the commercial considerations to guide and inform decision making.

We have also worked closely with the board of volunteers to have help establish mechanisms to support future residents in constructing self-build flats alongside main contractor Rooff. A complex arrangement carefully taking into consideration Health and Safety, training requirements, interfacing with the main contractor and programme coordination.

Five shell homes were handed over to 11 residents in January 2023 to deliver the fit out of their homes alongside self build volunteers. The rest of the homes will be delivered as self finish apartments. This is the first of its kind in London. This modern approach to typical fit-outs, considers the end user alongside sustainable initiatives.

The units have been designed and constructed with a low-carbon future in mind, including sole use of electricity connected to air source heat pumps and PV panels, high standard insulation, green roofs, rainwater harvesting and the aesthetic feature of climbing plants up the buildings also providing natural shading.

The scheme design also exceeds the requirements of the fire regulations in response to input of requirements from future residents as part of the design consultation for the scheme.

The scheme supports the local community with a local hub that can be hired and communal landscaping design that provides a new public access to the Ravensbourne river, supporting Lewisham Council’s long-term aspirations to open up access to the river. The wider area of landscaping and food growing will be open to the public during daylight hours.

The project is scheduled to complete later this Autumn and welcome residents at the end of 2023.


Royal Urban Synthesis Society

Building/Street Name

12 Church Grove, London

Project Value

Circa £8m

Construction Period

19 months