The site at Coombe Road lies at the junction of Edridge Road and Coombe Road moments from Croydon Metropolitan Centre. This is the third scheme designed by Common Ground Architecture in Croydon, with their first at Station Road starting on site imminently in South Norwood.
Additional project Information
The proposal is for nine new homes consisting of a mansion block of eight, one bedroom apartments and a three bedroom detached house for developer Brick by Brick. The constrained site has been left empty for a generation due to Second World War bomb damage, following which the two larger sites to the south were prioritised for new homes in the post war years.
The new development will sit next to Ruskin House, a Grade II listed building. Understanding the character and heritage value of this building, has been critical to the design process of this scheme. The location of the mansion block on the corner of the site responds to the four storey 1930s mansion block on the opposite corner. The footprint of the building has been honed to create glimpses towards Ruskin House through the creation of garden entrances and paths and shaping of the roof form. Closer to Ruskin House the elevation of the mansion block steps back from the street, unfolding its elevation. The three bedroom house creates a more intimate scale between the mansion block and Ruskin House, emphasising it as the most important building on the street. This move also creates a small a public space fronting onto Coombe Road.