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Fretton gets thumbs-up for Cheeky Chappy Brixton scheme - images

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Work is about to start on this new £2.4 million residential project by Tony Fretton Architects next to the Church Manor Estate in Brixton, South London.

The previously unseen scheme has been drawn up for the Cheeky Chappy Development Company - a collaboration between respected design-focused developer Crispin Kelly and the Servite Housing Association.

As well as creating three single-storey apartments and seven duplex maisonettes, the 1200m 2development in Vassall Road will also house a doctor's surgery at ground-floor level.

Describing Fretton's approach to the scheme, a spokesman for the practice said: 'A formative aspect of the design is that its vocabulary relates to the minimal 18th-century brick terraces that founded the area, many with intact street and square patterns.'

The four-storey building will be built from a dark red brick which is to be 'overpainted' with a glaze of black mineral paint to correspond with the ageing brickwork of the surrounding villas.

Given the thumbs-up by Lambeth Borough council back in April, it is expected the scheme will complete next summer.

by Richard Waite

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