This month Windmill Place won the Housing Project of the Year 2021 at the Building Awards. The project entailed the demolition of a former care home and the creation of fourteen new family homes and ten apartments, providing vital affordable housing.
Designed by Pitman Tozer Architects, the site forms part of a wider programme by Brick by Brick, a private development company set up by Croydon Council aiming to provide 1,000 new and affordable homes on over 50 sites across the borough.
Windmill Place is an example of how to densify London’s suburbs, sensitively responding to the local context and integrating car usage without it dominating the character of the development. The success of the scheme lies in its positive new communal environment, the mews, around which all homes enjoy a relationship and the activity of daily life.
The mature trees along the perimeter of the site were retained in order to protect its visual appearance and new access was created through the site, with pockets of greenery for use by the new homeowners, establishing a positive sense of community. New homes were constructed using light coloured brickwork, with subtle brick detailing, high-quality materials and supported by a timber frame system. Car parking spaces were also provided with the provision of electric charging points.
The development has also been shortlisted in the NLA Awards 2021 – Housing Category and the British Home Awards 2021 – Affordable Housing Category.