An architect practice in Southwark has responded to the mayor of London's policy to make use of small sites across London, by building two homes on the site of a former metal workshop.
FORMstudio's newly completed courtyard houses in Benbow Yard are located on an irregularly shaped brownfield plot with narrow access and daylight issues; the firm took the constraints into consideration when designing the new-build, two-storey, three-bedroom family houses.
Malcolm Crayton, director at FORMstudio said: "The draft New London Plan calls for an increased focus on small sites, which need to play a much greater role in housing delivery. Boroughs are encouraged to pro-actively support well-designed new homes on small sites through both planning decisions and plan-making in order to significantly increase the way in which challenging small sites can meet London’s housing needs – Benbow Yard is a perfect response to this policy."
Southwark Council has bought Courage Yard on Shad Thames, near Tower Bridge, which it will redevelop to generate income for frontline services.