Newspaper House, Southwark, London


Realising desirable developments

Newspaper House is a five-storey residential-led mixed-use development situated just minutes away from the River Thames. We brought together the design team of MPA (architects) and GDC Partnership (engineers) for the developer The Acorn Property Group.

Completed in 2015, the development was built on the site of a former newspaper printing premises. Newspaper House consists of five two-bed apartments and four three-bed duplexes over two floors of commercial space and a basement plant room.

Project complexities

The development is surrounded by residential properties and small businesses including some light industrial businesses operating from railway arches to the rear of Newspaper House. We ensured minimal disruption during construction, which included foundation piling by the structural engineers.

Simplicity of materials

Materials and finishes were carefully considered to create a desirable destination. The mixed exterior brickwork reflects the traditional London style and the pitched metal clad roofline mirrors the light industrial element of the local vernacular. Large metal windows and doors were specified in a matte charcoal finish to match the exposed structural steel-work of the balconies and central stairwell.

Impactful details

Every apartment was fitted with designer kitchens by Leicht, a balcony with bleached wood decking and glass balustrades, underfloor heating, energy-efficient fixtures and high-tech appliances. The four luxurious duplexes benefit from double height living spaces and two private terraces.


Owner / Developer: The Acorn Property Group

Planning / Construction drawings: thompson + baroni architects

Architect: MPA

Quantity Surveyor: Orbell Associates

Structural engineer: G.D.C. Partnership

VALUE £4.5m

“We have worked with Ethos for over 14 years and have completed many projects in the London and Greater London area with them.
Their knowledge and expertise is second to none and they have supported Acorn through a number of challenging projects to help deliver the best outcome.”

Duncan Rothwell MRICS
Group Commercial & Project Director
Acorn Property Group, London

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