At Oxford Road we developed simple house and flat typologies to help the client to appraise the sites’ development potential. Following careful planning and community engagement, our designs build close to the boundaries to maximize internal space and leave room for courtyard gardens, a solution that exceeded the client’s original brief.


Oxford Road was Coffey Architect’s first completed housing scheme for Brick by Brick. Wholly owned by the London Borough of Croydon, developer Brick by Brick aimed to redevelop brownfield gap sites with challenging boundary conditions into new housing.


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.


From the developer:


‘This site was a previously derelict garage site with a range of challenging constraints. The team at Coffey were excellent and worked collaboratively with our own delivery team to develop a series of design options and innovative unit typologies which ultimately revealed the true development potential of the scheme.’

A courtyard house type that keeps everyone happy

This practical yet clever typology keeps the visual bulk modest while reducing overlooking of neighbours.

Daylight and colour

A clerestory window runs the length of the street, punctuating the upper storey from the ground and offering significant light levels to the living spaces at ground floor. To create further interest, a colourful palette was selected for the aluminium cladding at ground level and complementary coloured zinc panelling was added to the upper level. The playfulness of the coloured planes creates a distinct composition of individual homes whilst at the same time expressing a connected community. The result is a collaged, animated street with identity for the residents.

Project credits


  • 2018 Housing Design Award 2018
  • 2017 New London Awards - Mayor's Prize, Housing - won


  • Building Control: Croydon Council
  • Cost Consultant: Faithful + Gould
  • Fire Engineer: Zeta
  • Structural Engineer: WFBA
  • Services Engineer: Blu Electrical
  • Landscape Architect: Camlins
  • CDM: Faithful + Gould

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