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Walter Segal Self-build Houses

A close of 13 self-built houses. Each house is unique, many extended and built using a method developed by Walter Segal, who led the project in the 1980s. Houses have benefited from extensions and renovations. Sustainable features include solar electric, water and space heating.


Segal, Walter



Multiple houses, Walters Way, Honor Oak Park SE23 3LH

Sun 1pm-6pm. Regular tours. Videos of Segal buildings and self-build showing. Last entry 5.45pm. Max 20 at one time.

Honor Oak Park

P4, P12, 171, 63

  • Green features
  • Partial disabled
  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets available

For more info on this building also visit the AJ Buildings library http://www.ajbuildingslibrary.co.uk/projects/display/id/2011 WALTER SEGAL SELF-BUILD HOUSES The house is one of a group of ‘self-build’ dwellings using the timber framed construction system evolved by Walter Segal, a Swiss-born architect who came to England as a refugee from Germany in the 1930s. Segal had experimented (in 1950-52, at St Anne’s Close, off Highgate Road) with his system, based on the concept of involvement by the client, choice, and economy, using standard components and simple construction methods. In a sense the scheme was an updating of the wartime prefab, cheap basic accommodation, but with the difference of a degree of design input by the owner. Two small sites were made available in 1977 by Lewisham Housing Committee, under the enlightened Chairmanship of Nicholas Taylor, to families on the borough’s housing waiting list who were prepared to undertake the building of their homes using the Segal system. The first group was built in Segal Close, off Brockley Park, where 7 houses were erected on a sloping site, which provided utility basements. The flat roofs had deep eaves, and water tanks. At Walter’s Way, 12 houses were built between 1985 and 1987, again on a sloping site and the dwellings set at different angles. Building was supervised by John Broome, an associate of Walter Segal, and the houses were each customised by the individual owners.