Gipsy Hill
London
A new development in the Gipsy Hill area of
London which provides a commercial unit at
ground floor with seven residential apartments above.
The stepped form and angled window projections
minimises overshadowing and resolves the site
related overlooking issues whilst allowing
daylight to flood into the apartments.

Details
Project
Gipsy Hill
Location
London
Stages Completed
1-6
Description
MortonScarr visited this vacant site in the Gipsy Hill area of South London in 2015 to discuss options for the development potential. The site was formally a tile showroom with warehouse facilities and is a challenging triangular shape, with all three sides of the triangle directly impacting existing residential buildings.

A series of massing studies, sun path studies and diagrams resulted in a building mass which wraps around the street boundary and steps in and out to the rear. The front elevation helps the site turn a corner around the road with curved brickwork and glazed sections at each floor. Street scene analysis and studies of fenestration patterns helped create a proposal which sits well within the street and positively responds to the neighbouring villa buildings and large Victorian school building opposite.

Planning approval was obtained for the site for 7 large apartments above a retail unit. Each flat has private balcony space and has been designed to be dual aspect. Maisonette apartments to the top two floors create dramatic living spaces and a penthouse feel with separate living / bedroom zones split over the floors.

Rear windows and balconies have been carved out of the building form and screened with timber to prevent overlooking to the close-by neighbours. The retail unit created at ground floor has been designed with a BREEAM Very Good rating.

MortonScarr were appointed throughout the project from the initial concept proposals through to the completion on site.
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