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2012-02-22

Evening Standard: "Sunshine in Southwark"

Link to Evening Standard

"... It was with some trepidation that I visited the latest colourful addition to Southwark's social housing stock on Brandon Street in SE17, on the southern fringes of the notorious and soon-to-be-demolished Heygate Estate at Elephant and Castle, as part of the area's 15-year £1.5billion regeneration. The £2.45million Brandon Street building, which will be managed by London & Quadrant Housing Association, is one of two recently completed in the area by Shoreditch-based Metaphorm Architects.

"... It's a strident answer to a timeless architectural challenge: how can individual residential housing nurture sociable public life? If Metaphorm's Brandon Street building gives one answer in its decorative sunset of an eastern face; it adds a more functional one in the bench at the foot of the fa├žade. Both the architects and Southwark council should be praised for doing this: this is a piece of urban furniture that most planners would have tried to remove for fear of people making noise, or having too much fun, near where the electorate lives. They did it anyway, and it's lovely, generous and already well used."

Hammerson's new Brent Cross
(Er..., no, it's the Heygate Estate)

Oh, that's Brent Cross

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