Shepherds Court

Croydon Smaller Sites Programme

In 2019 Stitch was selected to work on the second batch of sites in Brick by Brick’s award winning ‘Smaller Sites Programme’ in Croydon, delivering affordable housing on small sites across the borough. We have recently submitted planning applications for two of these challenging infill sites in Monks Hill.

Shepherds Court is located on a steeply sloping grassed area, providing 9 new homes over 3-4 storeys. The challenges of the site, including overlooking, topography and the need to retain its green character, have been overcome by expressing the building as three clustered forms accommodating the level changes across the site.

The assemblage of forms break down the mass of the building to reflect the grain of the residential houses and apartment blocks in the area. Balconies are set into the corners of each block to dissolve the silhouette of the building. The forms are presented in three different but complementary brick colours, with colours drawn from the palette of tones in the existing neighbourhood buildings.

The new block continues the residential frontages along the street and reflects the angled set-back relationship of the existing apartment block opposite creating pockets of green space along the street edge with a focused area for communal amenity, doorstep play and new tree planting.

Client:

Brick by Brick

Local Authority:

LB Croydon

Status:

Submitted for planning

Scope:

9 apartments, 100% Affordable rent

Stitch role:

Architect

SHEPHERDS COURT TRANSFORMS AN ILL-USED PIECE OF GREEN SPACE INTO A SENSITIVELY CRAFTED DEVELOPMENT THAT NESTS INTO ITS CONTEXT.

PUBLICITY

Croydon to ramp up infill housing – Architects Journal, 27th April 2020