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Lewisham Pop-Up Village
VIVIX® façade panels
Lewisham Council is the first borough in the UK to create and implement a practical solution to house homeless families currently living in B&Bs with its Lewisham Pop-up Village.
The Pop-up Village has been developed to have a lifespan of 60 years, be deployed several times during this period, and be reconfigured as the Council deems necessary in the future. The 'portable' nature of the Lewisham Pop-Up Village allows the Council to make use of vacant brownfield land while longer-term projects are being finalised, effectively utilising the space London does have in excess.
Designed and built by internationally-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), the architectural practice wanted to create an environment for families that was welcoming and had character.
VIVIX® by Formica Group was specified for the exterior façade.
“The most attractive thing about the VIVIX® range was the fact we were not compromising on quality for the sake of style” said Andrew Partridge and Senior Architectural Assistant, Lucie Olivier at RSHP.
“The VIVIX range offered a substantial colour selection to cherry-pick from, which made it easier to meet the client’s request for a vibrant colour palette.” Olivier continues: “The fact that Formica Group offered robust colour samples made designing the façade an easy and comfortable process”.
“These samples were made accessible to us through the extremely helpful Specification Account Managers from Formica Group. They were hands on from the start of the designing process all the way to the installation itself, allowing us to render some incredibly accurate sketches to forecast the end result”.
The Lewisham Pop-Up Village is a structure that fits 24 two-bedroom homes, each exceeding the London space standard by 5sqm (currently 70sqm), including effective storage space in each home. With ceilings as high as that of a Victorian home (9ft), RSHP needed to ensure that large enough formats were available for the exterior 15m height cladding, with minimal waste. The VIVIX® facade panels are manufactured in Europe according to the ISO 9001 standard and have, under the Formica Group Life Cycle Assessment LCA, minimal impact on the environment.
“For any project we work on, the materials we select must have sustainable attributes attached to them.”
“We received the VIVIX panels precisely pre-cut which meant we did not have to size down much of the sheets on site, significantly reducing the waste produced”, Partridge continues. “Any cutting that had to be done on site was minimal, so the waste could be recycled there and then, and at a fraction of the typical price attached to large formats. This lifted a big burden from our shoulders and ensured a sustainable installation process.”
For these plans to be successfully executed, the materials specified have to withstand impact over time; with the low weight of the VIVIX® panels, it makes transporting the units in the future easy to handle. The panels are durable, impact- and weather-resistant, and can prolong the lifetime of a building. In the case of Lewisham Pop-up village, they can help provide a home for generations to come.