Client: B&K Structures \ Osbourne Construction

Architect: Black Architecture

Status: Completed

Engineering Disciplines: Advanced Timber Engineering


The Green Man building is the new headquarters for Phoenix Community Housing Association.

As the first tenant led housing association, the concept of ‘the community’ was at the heart of Black Architecture’s design.  The building’s ground floor is opened up to the public and is occupied by a range of social enterprises including Lewisham Plus Credit Union, a community café and training kitchen.  On the second floor the Phoenix staff work together in a large, open plan office lit by a continuous saw tooth roof. To encourage social interaction between Phoenix staff and the
community the meeting rooms and toilets are on the ground floor.

The structure utilises a hybrid steel and timber structural frame. The timber columns and saw tooth roof beams sit above a composite steel first floor slab to provide a cost effective, but elegant structural solution which incorporates a high level of visual timber.

The building achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and included air source heat pumps, 24 kWp photovoltaic array, solar water heating annd rainwater harvesting.


The project was featured in an article in the AJ, here is the link to AJ article.

29 Apr 2014
phoenix community hub in lewisham now complete #timberengineering @Black_Arch
MIPIM 2018
6 Mar 2018