MATT Architecture has secured planning permission for a block of seven flats on an explosion-damaged site in south London.
The practice won backing from the London Borough of Croydon for its four-storey scheme on Portland Road in South Norwood.
Council papers say a former residential building on the site, near Norwood Junction station, is thought to have been demolished more than a decade ago following a gas explosion.
The London-based practice’s scheme includes communal facilities including cycle storage and internet shopping drop-off lockers. The common stairway will have alcove seats by windows and book exchange shelving to promote interaction.
The apartments will be naturally lit and each dwelling will have a private balcony, which is enclosable to create a winter garden in colder months.
Pointed gables to the street frontages deliberately echo the forms of the Victorian terrace buildings opposite, and the site’s historic use as a brickyard informed the use of red brick for the elevations.
Practice founder Matt White said: ‘Croydon is a really exciting place to be at the moment – particularly with the council’s own developer, Brick by Brick, pushing high-quality design up the agenda for smaller sites.
‘This scheme will contribute to the rejuvenation of a tired high street, and we hope it will be the first of many in the area.’
MATT Architecture’s Portland Road South Norwood scheme - design development