Next tranche of our homes complete across Croydon
Apartments and houses have been designed by a range of leading architects, including a large proportion of family houses to address a shortage across the borough
We were established by Croydon Council to deliver high quality and affordable housing, so we are really pleased to unveil our next tranche of completed homes across the borough – as reported in Housing Today, Building Design and Architects’ Journal.
The 123 homes are located on seven sites throughout the borough and form part of our first ‘Small Sites’ programme.
The newly completed housing schemes have been designed by a range of leading architectural practices, including Coffey Architects, Stitch, Mae, HTA Design and the Stirling-prize winning Mikhail Riches. Homes range from one-bedroom apartments to three-bedroom houses and will be available for shared ownership or private sale with Help to Buy support. We offer Croydon residents priority on all homes.
Notably, many of the schemes feature family homes to address a shortage across the borough.
Chertsey Road in New Addington, designed by Coffey Architects, comprises seven houses in two terraces. The houses have between one and three bedrooms, and all have innovative layouts to maximise space and storage. Bedrooms are nestled in roof spaces, which in turn are set back to create a distinctive design feature, prevent overlooking and maximise privacy. All homes also have generous gardens and courtyards, with integrated bike storage to promote resident wellbeing.
The scheme has a modern and robust aesthetic, using a limited material palette but in a range of colours to add variety, most notably in the bright PPC aluminium composite façade panels.
At Marston Way in Upper Norwood, designed by Stitch Architects, ten three-bedroom, three-storey mews houses have been created in two new mews streets. All have been crafted to maximise natural light into homes, with the top two floors stepped back to create distinctive corner windows. Generous private roof terraces offer views to the south, complementing the individual front gardens which open onto quiet paved streets. The mews streets will also be car-free and link into the wider network of open spaces and routes in the area.
Across all of our recently completed schemes, energy efficient features are integrated to ensure their sustainability credentials. These include electric car charging points, photovoltaic roof panels, double-glazed windows and mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems that provide fresh air into the homes whilst reusing energy that would ordinarily be lost through typical heat loss.
Colm Lacey, Chief Executive Officer at Brick By Brick, said:
“This latest wave of Brick By Brick completions offers more affordable and high-quality homes throughout the borough and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the very highest standards of design and sustainability. Without exception, these are robust and carefully considered homes to make locals, both old and new, proud.”
Lee Marsden, Director at Coffey Architects, said:
“We are extremely proud of the work we have accomplished with Brick By Brick. In this tranche of homes we have explored new, efficient typologies that allow for maximum light and space in what were previously untenable backland sites, ultimately creating beautiful homes that feel good to be in.”
Sally Lewis, Director at Stitch, said:
“We are delighted that the Marston Way houses are settling comfortably into the hillside, transforming an unfriendly parking area into a joined up and friendly place. After testing many different design responses, we arrived at this approach to use the contours of the site to create unique mews streets that provide intimacy and a domestic scale, as well as far reaching south facing views. The interiors offer a range of spaces for flexible living, with upper terraces carved out to create light-filled amenity spaces for every home.”
Overall, we have completed 319 homes across 15 sites, including 130 affordable homes, of which 42 are being provided as council housing. We also currently have another 569 homes under construction..
Residents are now moving into their new homes and sales continue to progress well, despite the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on investment and lending sentiment, with more than 90% of our available stock now under offer or sold. Several new schemes are launching to the market early this year, including Flora Court in Thornton Heath.
We have committed to a bespoke set of One Planet Living principles to ensure that we are doing all we can to meet the challenge of the climate emergency. The One Planet Living principles cover ten commitments, including using sustainable materials in construction, zero waste to landfill, achieving net zero carbon emissions from heating and energy use, and encouraging sustainable forms of transport as well as designing homes to foster health, wellbeing and quality of life.