Bensham Lane

Written by Clare Ailward Regional Director, Manchester

Jefferson Sheard Architects have been appointed by Optivo Development Services, one of the UK’s largest affordable housing providers, to design and deliver a regenerative housing scheme within the neighbourhood of Thornton Heath, Croydon.

The scheme repurposes a declining industrial site set within a tight-knit residential canvas of historic terraced streets and sub-urban semi’s and provides a contemporary development consisting of 75 new dwellings set around a generous landscaped courtyard, providing flexible and multi-functional amenity space.

The development provides a mix of 1 and 2 bedroomed apartments, larger family sized 3 bedroomed apartments, wheelchair accessible apartments and front door maisonettes. The flat typologies come together in a variety of ways to create interest and a layered elevational composition along Bensham Lane. The 3, 4 and 6 storey massing is carefully articulated to respond to and compliment the local character.


  • Housing


Optivo Development Services

Croydon, London


The layout ensures that dual aspect apartments are maximised whilst upper floor access decks generate additional movement, activity and natural surveillance over the private courtyard.

Defensible space has been carefully considered with landscaped front gardens and street trees along Bensham Lane, and landscaped buffers between private zones and shared amenity within the courtyard. Upper floor balconies are recessed and juxtaposed to generate visual relief and an architectural rhythm which responds to the setting.

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