George Peabody House, 30 Bell Street. Marylebone
In 1998 the Peabody Trust redeveloped a British Telecom site and car park as affordable housing. The architects CZWG created this striking building with its curved double-height Mansard roof, to bring the atmosphere of European city life to Bell Street. 54 flats and 42 parking spaces were fitted most ingeniously into a restricted site. There are landscaped gardens and special needs accommodation.
It was during the preparation of this site that the old wells next to individual cess pits, which were described earlier, were found.' Over the decades this arrangement must have sent many people to the Fever Hospital and killed many others before anyone recognised the danger of water borne diseases and cross contamination from outside privies to drinking water.