London is a city of streets and squares, so in the competition proposal in Plaistow we created a net of streets, a continuation of the scale and character of the streets around Brooks Road.
It is largely a city of houses, so we are converting all the low rise flats and maisonettes to terraced or semi-detached houses, ranging from two storeys to four storeys.
Each house has a front and back garden and all parking is on street, directly in front of each houses. Each house is entered at ground floor level, with a WC and reception room at entrance level. Some houses also offer a home office space.
Principles we followed were:
No ambiguity about ownership of semi-public space.
Better fire, visual and acoustic separation than flats.
Ground floor access to every house.
Easy possibility of using one or more rooms for work as well as for living.
Ability to extend the accommodation without affecting any other property, by means of garden rooms, conservatories, roof conversions and balconies.
Ability to express individuality through a choice of cladding options.