The scheme for 17 stacked lateral and duplex units represents an innovative and carefully considered volumetric configuration for a landlocked site. Located in Tooting, the former light industrial site is located between the rear gardens of two rows of Victorian terrace houses with a single point of access from the street. The spatial configuration of the units, alternating between basement and ground floor, and ground and first-floor duplexes, creates a mews streetscape, while also minimising overlooking to the adjacent properties.
The proposal is for a high quality ‘mews’ style terrace development with a shared access path that leads to individual unit entrances. The scheme includes basement flats across the width of the site, with large lightwells and courtyards to the front and rear of the basement properties.
The castellated form is designed to reduce the bulk of the development, minimise overshadowing and orientate the outlook of upper-level units away from neighbouring properties, whilst providing each unit with outdoor amenity space which exceeds the London Plan requirements.
The new units have been arranged to appear as five terrace town-houses, to mirror the housing stock of the local area. The proposal has been designed to have a similar bay window width and plot width as adjacent properties on both Garratt Lane and Graveney Road.