St Paul's House, Deptford

St Paul's House, an elegant 1920s building on Deptford High Street with a distinctly continental air, was formerly the rectory for Thomas Archer's baroque church, St Paul's Deptford, further down the High Street. Ash Sakula championed its reuse and demonstrated how it could be remodelled and extended to provide new homes and restaurants while retaining an important example of Deptford's heritage on the high street.

The building now provides eight affordable apartments for Peabody within the upper floors of the old building and in a new roof extension, three new-build townhouses behind, and two restaurants on the ground floor, one within the former building, the other below the townhouses.

Between old and new is a small landscaped courtyard with a freestanding lift and stair tower giving access to all eleven homes.

Best Heritage Led Project, London Planning Awards 2017

Planning Award 2017, Winner

Property Award 2017, Winner

New London Award 2017, Winner

Landscape Institute Award 2017, Winner

Estate Gazette Award 2017, Winner

First floor plan. Affordable homes to right in refurbished old building, new-build townhouses to left. In the middle, a residential entrance courtyard with a detached lift and stair tower serving all apartments.

Model view with Deptford High Street to right and Deptford Market Yard to left, wrapped round with a listed Victorian carriage ramp whose arches house micro cafés and shops.

Private terraces overlooking the market.

One of the walkways linking flats with stair and lift tower.

Deptford market in full swing in this view from Douglas Way with St Paul's House beyond.

St Paul's House on Deptford High Street.

Ash Sakula drawings photos
Ash Sakula drawings photos
Ash Sakula drawings photos
Ash Sakula drawings photos

St Paul's House prior to conversion, at that time in use as temporary artists' studios.

Read more about the thinking behind this project:

Aerial view

First floor approach to townhouses seen from walkway above.

View from carriage ramp of stair and lift tower and old St Paul's house building with new rooftop extension.

Stair and lift tower.

View of the residential entrance yard.

Client: Isle of Wight Council

Collaborators: Imagine Places, Civic Engineers, P3r, Inner Circle, 31 Ten.

Appointment: March 2017