Wholly owned by the London Borough of Croydon, developer Brick by Brick’s aim is to redevelop brownfield gap sites with challenging boundary conditions into new housing. The Council’s enlightened entrepreneurship delivers a double whammy of providing much needed housing while keeping the full value of the development in the Borough, to be reinvested in public goods.
Part of a larger masterplan to develop 1,000 high quality new homes by 2019, our parcel involved several sites that had previously been a mix of backland infill and derelict garages. Most were compact with tight physical constraints and tricky overlooking and daylighting issues.
We developed simple house and flat typologies to help the client to appraise the sites’ development potential. Following careful planning and community engagement, our design envisioned building close to the boundaries to maximize internal space and leave room for courtyard gardens, a solution that exceeded the client’s original brief.