The site is located on a former light industrial estate at the western edge of the Crayford Marshes. About two thirds of the 6.3ha site is designated as an emergency flood reservoir which offers the opportunity to create a new open space for local residents.
The layout comprises 254 units of which 160 are apartments and 94 are terraced houses, offering a mix of typologies and tenures within the scheme. The key driver was to benefit from the views towards the open land north and east of the site and to ensure a maximum amount of sunlight and privacy to the residents. This has been achieved through a simple
legible street layout with the main access road on the north side of the site connecting to traditional tree-lined streets with on street parking. On the southern perimeter of the site is a more intimate shared “homezone” type of environment.
Formation Architects has worked intensively with a variety of consultants and the client to develop a masterplan on a difficult site that delivers a contemporary approach to suburban habitation.