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Woodmore Mews

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Location: Charlton Church Lane, London

Brick Manufacturer: Forterra PLC

Brick Name: Belgravia Gault Blend

Architect: Peter Barber Architects

Brickwork Contractor: Neilcott Construction & L&R Brickwork Construction Ltd

About the project

“A masterclass of working the humble brick - with such finesse and artistry! Sculptural, whimsical, bold and well-articulated architecture - the homes sit very well on-site with clever and sensitive referencing to the verticality of the nearby church tower”

Woodmore Mews is a development of 37 affordable homes for rent, built on the site of Fred Styles House, formerly a sheltered housing block, providing 42 bedsits, that had been empty since 2013. The development is part of Royal Borough of Greenwich’s commitment to delivering new high-quality homes and sustainable communities.

The new development od 29 houses, 7 flats and 1 maisonette creates a pretty neighbourhood of terraced houses running along Charlton Church Lane, and a series of mews streets which run perpendicular connecting into the urban fabric behind the site. Glazed screens lead into a generous open plan kitchen dining room. Stairs lead up to bedrooms and to a light and airy open plan living room with fully glazed screens leading out onto a secluded sun trap roof terrace.

The buildings along Charlton Church Lane alternate in height between two, and three storeys. The houses are built from a beautiful soft and rustic brick that helps ensure that the new homes feel embedded and ‘worn in’ to the surrounding area. The brick selected was Forterra’s Ecostock Belgravia Gault Blend.

Its varied tone is really important for ensuring the new homes do not feel too monolithic and adds visual interest, factors that were integral to reassuring planners that the brick would be sensitive to its surrounding context.

Low cost, robust but high quality brick detailing is integral to the project. Traditionally built brick arches front a number of the homes and help create a semi-private space where people can put out pots and plants, wellies and umbrellas etc. Snapped headers create tightly curved external walls where the site requires thinner accommodation. Other brick details include projecting brick surrounds to pop-up windows, arched window heads, soldier and header courses, articulated parapets and beautiful angled window reveals on prominent corners.

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