Archio is currently working for Brick by Brick, Croydon Council’s own development company that focuses on small sites across the borough. The Dunsfold Way site is located within an area on the edge of the greenbelt and the new proposal has been arranged to foster a sense of place within a difficult 60s estate layout.
A systematic approach was adopted to assess the existing street patterns, as well as the massing and overlooking, to minimise the impact on current residents. The scheme – which replace existing garage sites – have addressed the constraints of backland developments by framing outside areas so that they have a clear communal purpose for local people.
Dunsfold Way is made up of a small development of five three-bed houses and seven one-bed flats. The latter is contained within a larger block that acts as a screen to a busy road and protects the smaller settlement behind. The buildings have been pulled back to allow for a pleasant, light-filled square in the middle of the site. The mews are characterised by a sawtooth parapet that picks up on the form of the local architecture, as well as a patterned brick which is a reference to nearby window surrounds.