Products: Vitrabond
Architect: Architectus
Builder: Taylor Wimpey

Project Completed: Boundaries Road, Balham

Balham Walk development is a regeneration scheme transforming an old commercial laundry site in to 91 high quality apartments which range in size from one bedroom to three bedroom properties. The development includes landscaped recreational gardens for the community. It has removed old unsightly buildings from the skyline and created part of a new futuristic one. To compliment the modern look of the building, the architects opted for a zinc look a like product which is a natural metal effect. By using the Ersatze effect Vitrabond the architects could achieve the desired effect but for a fraction of the price and weight. The materials were supplied through FGF Manchester Ltd and installed by Stanmore Contractors Ltd.

About Boundaries Road:

The Balham Walk development has been designed with sustainability at its heart, with a variety of features being provided to reduce energy consumption and enhance green spaces in the midst of an urban area, with the apartments achieving Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.

A range of sustainability features include the use of photovoltaic energy generation and communal hot water systems.

To promote sustainable forms of transport, there will be 156 secure bicycle parking spaces for residents as well as electric vehicle charging points.

Landscape and ecological improvements will be achieved through the large communal garden space and generous private gardens for ground floor properties, while biodiversity will be improved by providing suitable habitat at roof level and incorporating bat and bird nesting boxes.

About Vitrabond:

The main benefits of a Vitrabond facade system are:

  • Cost effective
  • Low maintenance
  • Robust durability & Lightweight
  • Unlimited colour range available
  • High stock levels and quick lead times
  • 20 Year warranty available!
  • Non-combustible core available

About Balham:

Balham is in Wandsworth and encompasses the A24 north of Tooting Bec and the roads radiating off it. The Balham SW12 postcode includes the southern part of Clapham Park otherwise known as Clapham South and the Hyde Farm area, both east of Cavendish Road and within Lambeth (historically Clapham, except for Weir Road) as well as a small detached part of Clapham south of Nightingale Lane, and part of Battersea (the roads north of Nightingale Lane). The southern part of Balham, towards Tooting Bec, near the 1930s block of Art Deco flats called Du Cane Court and the area to the south of Wandsworth Common, comes under the SW17 postcode. The Heaver Estate lies to the south of Balham in Tooting. The Estate mainly comprises substantial houses, was built in the grounds of the old Bedford Hill House and was the work of local Victorian builder, Alfred Heaver.

Balham is situated between four south London commons: Clapham Common to the north, Wandsworth Common to the west, Tooting Graveney Common to the south, and the adjoining Tooting Bec Common to the east – the latter two historically distinct areas are referred to by both Wandsworth Council and some local people as Tooting Common.


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