In 2016 LB Croydon initiated, through their development company Brick by Brick (Croydon) Ltd, a borough wide programme of delivering over 1000 new homes on council owned infill land, with six architectural practices selected to deliver detailed planning permissions on 50 sites. Stitch was appointed as architect for six sites.
The client’s stated aim of the programme is to achieve commercially viable housing developments which have 50% affordable housing on small difficult sites. Stitch worked with the client and consultants to resolve complex design challenges and engaged with council planners and the community to develop robust design solutions unique to the opportunities and constraints of each particular site.
Whilst each site presents a different design solution, there is an ambition to harness the economies of scale present across the whole programme to enable procurement through various modern methods of construction. Malton House is tucked behind an existing apartment building with very restricted access. This scheme creates a small mews street of 9 homes. A unique typology of ‘upside down’ 2-bedroom duplexes above 1-bedroom apartments allows each home to be directly accessed from the mews street. Aspect and amenity are carefully crafted to respect adjacent properties.
Stitch achieved planning permission on Malton House in April 2017, and work began on site in summer 2018. Following the completion of RIBA stages 0-3 with the client, Stitch has been novated to the contractor to undertake RIBA stages 4-7 and deliver these sites as part of the borough programme.
Brick x Brick, novated to Osborne Homes
9 homes (45% private, 55% affordable – as part of a wider batch of schemes, delivering 44% affordable housing)
Croydon smaller sites programme shortlisted in AJ Architecture Awards 2018 – Architects Journal, 5th October 2018
Croydon smaller sites programme wins Housing Design Award – Housing Design Awards, 2nd July 2018
Croydon approves first batch of new Council Housing – Architects Journal, 20th April 2017
Croydon unveils blueprint for new kind of council housing-Architects Journal, 24 November 2016