An architecture practice known for its unconventional and colourful house projects has submitted a planning application for eight new apartments on a former gravel pit in Thornton Heath. 

The project which has been featured in Architects Journal would  transform an infill site on Chipstead Way and has been lodged with the  council by Office S&M.

Earlier this year the practice’s unusual pink and green home in Bedford was granted planning approval, while Salmen House in Plaistow was shortlisted for the AJ Small Projects in 2018. 

According to the architect, all of the proposed Thornton Heath units are dual aspect and have generous private amenity, as well as a communal garden and play area at the front of the building. The proposal contains two three bedroom units on the ground floor with generous front and back gardens and direct access from the road, with three one beds and a two bed on the first and second floors, and finally two studio units, but with separate kitchen and dining rooms, occupy the third floor. The barrel-vaulted roof achieves the most internal headroom with the least impact on neighbours, and the design makes use of the stepped section of the site – which was a former gravel pit – in order to maximise the size of the ground floor units.The project is expected to start on site in 2020.