Marklake Court, Bermondsey

image: Ray Hardinge


“Local homes for local people by local people, facilitated by igloo.”

Leathermarket CBS is a community led organisation, formed by local residents to bring forward much needed, high quality, new, genuinely affordable homes for local people within the Leathermarket JMB estates.

igloo has been appointed as Development Manager to facilitate and help bring forward their aspirations for the delivery of these new homes, with the first phase is at a site  previously known locally as Kipling Garages. The CBS has submitted its proposal for 27 new genuinely affordable homes on the Kipling Estate for imminent planning approval by Southwark Council. The aim is to have the new homes ready by Spring 2018 once all the approvals are in place.

Residents have led the plans for the development from the outset. Starting with a blank sheet of paper, the professional team explored the aspirations and concerns of local residents with feedback forming the basis of the design brief, resulting in a building they are proud to call theirs.

Southwark Council’s cabinet approved the partnership with Leathermarket CBS to bring forward the development in September 2014 and more recently agreed to support the development with over £3 million of development funding.

Key Facts

  • Local homes for local people by local people
  • 27 genuinely affordable homes to rent
  • Local Architects: Bell Phillips

More Information

Awards to date

  • Winner of Best Partnership Working Award 2016 at the National Federation of Tenant Management Organization conference
  • Shortlisted in the National Housing Design Awards 2016
  • Bell Phillips were shortlisted as Housing Architect of the Year 2016 (Kipling Garages as feature project).
  • Featured in the NLA’s New ideas for Housing showcase 2015
  • Featured in a political documentary by the London School of Economics

Community consultation

At the final consultation meeting residents expressed their delight with the proposals giving feedback including:

“I love everything about this beautiful building. Proud to be involved. I can’t wait for the building to be completed.”

“I think the final design will enhance the estate and also feel sure that people living in the new homes will have a very good quality environment. I hope this scheme is approved and inspires other developments in my community.”

“It looks beautiful. Lovely brickwork. Great use of limited space.”

Local resident John Paul Maytum MBE, Chair of Leathermarket CBS, said:“We’ve pioneered a completely different way of working, where residents have been in control of the process from day one, starting from a completely blank sheet of paper – rather than the usual way of ‘consulting’ at the end, where nothing can be changed. By involving residents, with help from the experts, we believe we’ve put together a really high-quality design which should provide some of the finest council homes in inner London, while getting the most out of the money available. These really should be the best in the Borough! Through all this we’ve been delighted with the support and encouragement we’ve had from senior councillors for this way of working. I hope this will be just the first of many similar projects that we can deliver in partnership with Southwark Council. Genuinely affordable homes at council rents are a real need for so many families in this area. I’ve been delighted that we’ve been able to work with the people who will move into these homes right from the very start of this process to make sure the plans will work for them.”