This new development in the Gipsy Hill area of London will provide a new commercial unit at ground floor with nine residential apartments above. The proposal replaces a tiling warehouse and distribution centre that has little architectural merit.
The form of the building has derived from a series of studies that have influenced the distribution of massing over the site and aims to reduce the impact on neighbouring buildings by minimising overshadowing and overlooking. This has been achieved by stepping the building away from boundary areas as well as providing angled, screened window projections that promote daylight ingress while retaining privacy for occupants and neighbours alike.
Care has also been taken to integrate the proposal into the existing streescape while retaining links to the surrounding infrastructure and public realm. Analysis into street skylines, fenestration patterns and building heights has been dovetailed with reports and statements assessing the proposals connections with other retail local centres and transport networks in the area. This has culminated in a proposal that blends with its surroundings while also presenting a modern approach to residential housing that benefits the area and future occupants.
The project was submitted for Full Planning Approval in November 2013, with a completion date set at late 2014.