Project Facts







London city, UK

Social Housing

London Road 469-472, Croydon 2003 - 2006

Project for 100% affordable and rented housing, client Wandle Housing Association.
Contract Design and Build 

Project Brief

  • To design a scheme consisting of 48 flats comprising 3, 2 and 1 bedroom apartments, 100% affordable social housing, and associated car parking and amenities
  • Design to include A1, A2 retail space and B1 offices 

Project Constraints

  • Small L – shaped plot of land which limits the amenities, I.e. gardens and planting
  • The size of the land complicates access & turning points for refuse lorries and fire services.
  • Very narrow access to the site.
  • Overlooking and privacy issues of adjacent neighbouring rear gardens

Design Approach

  • To design dwellings suited to the restrictive plot, and achieve brief requirements with bold architecture
  • Create a positive architectural statement that social housing does not have to be bland and boring, but instead can be progressive, whilst still being affordable.
  • Create amenities on the roof and between the buildings with a shared courtyard garden

Design Processes

  • Sketch a design proposal that takes account of all the above points
  • Pre-consulting with the Croydon planners
  • Instructing surveyors to carry out detailed site survey
  • Preparing the design statement utilizing Photoshop and PowerPoint
  • Meetings with planners before the decision
  • Clearing planners comments after meetings
  • Advising the client on the cost issues

Project Status

  • Planning permission granted
  • Project is completed on site
  • Residents are moved in, including the retail and office elements

This project was designed while working for Horace Architects, I am very pleased that John gave me the opportunity to create a wonderful building that makes its many residents and families happy.

This project gave me valuable experience and raised my confidence in my ability to create a building that improves people’s lives.