Red Clover Gardens is the development of 157 homes for private sale, affordable and social rent. The houses are located in five separate blocks ranging in height between six and seven stories and are set within a landscaped park in Croydon which slopes down from the Scheduled Ancient Monument that lies along its west boundary.
The Red Clover Garden story for us is one innovation and collaboration. Symmetrys were employed to carry out the pre-construction design of the structural and civil engineering. The early stages of the project are so important and our client gave the team the freedom to explore a series of frame options. We think the client view below summaries this perfectly:
The design development process on this scheme provided a really interesting comparative analysis of development options for outer London sites. The site was complex, with significant level changes and an unusually varied set of boundary conditions and adjacencies, including rolling green belt, a public car park, an incredibly busy town centre distribution road and even a scheduled ancient monument.
Cost and spatial efficiency were crucial considerations as well as deliverability under different potential construction methodologies. We worked collaboratively with the design team to review various development approaches and building typologies including point blocks of varying scales, perimeter blocks, traditional townhouse layouts etc. Each was closely analysed with respect to a range of criteria, including planning capacity, domestic qualities, engineering considerations, environmental impact, net-to-gross areas, wall-to-floor ratios, maintainability etc.
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