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Baca wins go-ahead for Forest Hill homes

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Baca Architects has scooped permission for this mews-style housing in Forest Hill, south-east London

The 1,000m² project, which has been ‘sculpted to maximise light between and over the houses into the courtyard’, includes seven flats and two live/work units.

Each house within the development, dubbed Beadnell Mews, has its own garden opening on to the central courtyard.

Work is expected to start on site in spring next year and complete in autumn 2017.

The architect’s view

‘The front block is sculpted to create a contemporary form that also provides continuity along the street line, with the roof of the front block is designed to reduce the eaves line.

‘The proposal is to replace the existing buildings with seven residential units and two live/work units over two-to-four storeys. The outline broadly sits over the site of the existing light industrial units, arranged around a central landscaped courtyard. The buildings will be clad in terracotta to create a refined finish, in harmony with the setting of the Victorian Street.

‘The design has been carefully considered to meet modern standards and requirements, as well as creating an elegant redevelopment that will enhance the local setting. It responds to the light industrial context by creating a building with two aspects, the street front and the mews. The whole scheme creates a playful and sculptural interpretation of the mews typology, combined with a form of shared living, much needed in the densely populated capital. This development will create a high-quality intervention to this part of Forest Hill.’

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