Cambridge House

Pollard Thomas Edwards architects, London, 2012


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  • Ground floor plan    
  • Section of Camberwell Road and Glory Hall    
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  • Existing site plan    
  • Existing elevations of Camberwell Road and Glory Hall    
  • Existing ground floor plan    
  • Existing elevations of Odd House and Scott Hall    
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Redevelopment of the Grade II listed Cambridge House for a legal, community advocacy and advice charity based in Camberwell

The headquarters of Cambridge House, which they have occupied since 1889, were unsuitable for visitors with any degree of physical, mental or sensory impairment. The premises consisted of a number of interlinked buildings, including five early 19th century Grade II listed houses fronting Camberwell Road; and two late 19th century structures fronting Addington Square – Gilroy Hall and the two-storey adjoining house.

The existing circulation has been replaced with a new arrangement of lift, stairs and ramps: these provide a clear route directly from the entrance to the two principal floors and will provide easy access to those with impaired mobility. A courtyard at the centre of Cambridge House now acts as both the main orientating device of the redeveloped building.

The existing buildings have been refurbished with clear distinction between the retained fabric and new interventions. The temporary additions in the courtyard have been replaced with properly serviced, low energy flexible office accommodation, and a new mezzanine floor of meeting and activity spaces has been inserted in Gilroy Hall.


  • Begun: Aug 2010
  • Completed: Apr 2012
  • Floor area: 2,556m2
  • Sectors: Civic, Office, Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £5.9M
  • Funding: Futurebuilders England Fund; Community builders; SureStart Southwark; The Tudor Trust; Changing Places; Aiming High for Disabled Children; The City Bridge Trust
  • Tender date: Apr 2010
  • Procurement: JCT Design and Build Contract 2005 [Revision 2 2009]
  • Address: 131-139 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 7JZ, United Kingdom

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