Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Open Day at Showflat on Church Road / Brick by Brick

Austerity, and the resulting cuts to local authority budgets, combined with a shortage of housing, are together instrumental in Croydon Council's innovative decision to set up Brick by Brick, a development company of which they are the sole share holder. The company builds a range of property types, some shared ownership, and some rental, with proceeds ploughed back to fund council services, thereby helping to meet local housing needs, while retaining land and profits for the benefit of Croydon residents.
 You may have noticed lots of building sites locally which they are responsible for, including a series of infill blocks stretching from Auckland Road, opposite St. John the Evangelist, up Sylvan Hill, to Church Road. Other sites include a block of flats on the corner of Beulah Hill and Harold Road, along with some townhouses tucked behind, and many more sites stretching across the borough, from Thornton Heath down to Coulsdon. All the aforementioned sites in SE19, were designed by established housing architects, HTA, in a modern but contextual brick style. 
In the Church Road block, there is a 2 bed show flat, fitted out by Brick by Brick's in-house architectural team, Common Ground, with stylish parquet flooring, and beautifully but simply furnished and styled by @supermarket_sarah and Leo Kinder Design. It will be open for public viewing this Saturday, 12th October between 11am and 4pm. Head out of the Triangle on Church Road, and the block is just past Sylvan Hill, on the left.
Local development isn't always popular, but it's good to see a company trying hard to fit in, and building projects of a high design standard.

Church Road Showflat

Church Road exteriors

Ravensdale & Rushden

In another corner of SE19, along the ridge of Beulah Hill is another Brick by Brick development, comprising flats and townhouses. The block offers spectacular views, both north towards the city, and south beyond Croydon towards the Surrey hills.

Rushden Gardens townhouses

For more info and queries, about Brick by Brick, and sales and lettings, visit their website.
Their site includes a very useful FAQs page.