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Thursday24 July 2014

First look: IBLA wins green light for homes

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Inglis Badrashi Loddo Architects (IBLA), working with Churchman Landscape, has won planning permission for a £4.4 million affordable housing scheme in Brixton, south London, for the Kitewood Group

The scheme at 63a Effra Road comprises 43 units, with a high proportion of three-bed family accommodation, and is arranged as a mews, lined on both sides with a series of three-storey stacked maisonettes.

Responding to the land-locked site, the architect has created a small entrance yard at the end of the access road, framed by two, three and four storey blocks of flats, leading on to the mews which bisects the site.

“This allowed us to provide a coherent layout in terms of fronts and backs,” explained director Jamal Badrashi, “matching proposed back gardens to existing back gardens on the site boundary.”

Each unit has its own front door, accessed off the mews, and private external space.

“We have configured the maisonettes in an L-shape to provide each unit with an inward looking terrace,” said Badrashi, “while the ground-floor units each have back a garden.”

The timber-framed buildings are clad in timber boarding on their outer faces, while their inner private spaces are rendered in warm browns and purples.

One side of the mews is cranked out to frame a triangular courtyard with a raised grassy play space for children, while the end of the site will become a dedicated stag beetle habitat – an issue which, along with a change from employment land use, extended the planning process to two years.

The scheme is the architect’s fourth for Kitewood, and is set to complete in spring 2012.

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