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Spratley wins planning for Lambeth infill

[First look + plans] Henley-based Spratley Studios has landed planning approval for this 12-home scheme on a ‘difficult infill’ site in Lambeth, south London

The Wavertree Court development for Dorrington will replace 79 garages on a 0.2ha site in the Streatham Hill Conservation Area.


The architect’s view

We carried out three-dimensional studies to consider the impact and benefits of various roofs forms. While pitched roof options created higher densities, the selected flat roof scheme minimized the impact on others by allowing the development’s overall height to remain below the level of the large two and three- storey houses nearby. 

Always mindful of privacy, the scheme minimises overlooking by the use of setbacks and overhangs. The setbacks and corner windows develop a rhythm across the site, creating a visual splay from the entrance. Together with the stepping from east to west, giving dual aspect first and second floor bedrooms which overlook the parking spaces, this creates safer public spaces and discourages crime. 

The density requirements were achieved with a mixed development of six, six bedroomed homes, five two bedroom and one, one bedroom flat. The three storey houses mirror the high density of the adjacent four storey 1930s mansion block, Wavertree Court. Overall, the building heights range from three storeys here to one storey at the eastern most point. 

The red brick and white render of the neighbouring houses and apartments influenced the palette, while the introduction of zinc metal cladding helps break up the volumes. Internally the properties are designed with attention to Building for Life requirements and can be adapted or converted at a later date. 

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  • It is very pleasing to see emerging practies, not always resident in London, being engaged by established developers such as Dorrington. Well done Spratley Studios. It will not only be a welcome edition, albeit small, to the area's housing stock but also is a harbinger of Spring when, surely, the built environment will gather pace again.

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