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Orchard Lane, West Wimbledon

Oakwood Building Contractors Limited successfully won this new build residential development at tender in March 2021. The scheme involved the demolition of an existing house and construction of 5 no. new build houses (2 no. end of terrace, 2 no. terrace and 1 no. detached) including all associated parking and landscaping. The houses were constructed to the design and specification provided by our client, Broadhaven Holdings Ltd, using a combination of traditional masonry brick and block, with both steel and timber frame elements. The envelope consisted of a brick and render finish with aluminium windows and single ply membrane roof. The project was procured through traditional means, with Oakwood Building Contractors entering into a JCT 2016 Intermediate Building Contract including some contractor design elements.

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Cedar Hall, Tooting

Oakwood Building Contractors Limited successfully won this new build Student Accommodation scheme at tender in June 2021.

The scheme comprised of 30 no. student rooms, with communal kitchen facilities.

The building was constructed to the detail design and specification requirements prepared by our client, Interland.

Under the challenging economic conditions of 2021/22, Oakwood successfully managed to deliver the scheme on time, and within budget, so that the units were ready for students to occupy in September 2022.

The building was constructed as an RC fame with brickwork envelope and tiled roof.

The construction was procured via a design and build contract and completed on site in August 2022.

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Purley Downs Road, Sanderstead

The Oakwood Group negotiated the purchase of this residential site, on a subject to planning basis.

The 0.39ha Site sits to the south of Purley Downs Road and to the west of Merrin Hill, Sanderstead.  It was previously occupied by a single detached dwelling, which was in a state of disrepair.

A planning application for the demolition of the existing property and the erection of eight detached houses was submitted to the Local Planning Authority in August 2016.

The design was informed and assembled through a detailed assessment of the wider context of the surrounding area and developed through focused consultation, involving analysis of the opportunities and constraints of the Site, and incorporated advice and opinions of all key stakeholders.

The layout and scale of the scheme was established so that it delivers an architectural typology that was consistent with the surrounding residential uses, whilst also ensuring any potential impact on residential amenity were addressed.

The layout comprises three rows of detached dwellings. The height of all of the dwellings are two storey with accommodation within the roof space and ensures the scheme integrates properly within the existing built environment.

It is considered that the traditional design is visually striking and the quality of the design enhances the street scene of Purley Downs Road.  Interest and definition is provided through a simple, but high quality palette of materials and finishes.  The proposed finishes relate well to the materials visible around the Site whilst complimenting each other.

Planning Permission was granted in January 2017 and work commenced on site in July 2017.

Further details can be found on the development’s dedicated website – www.golfsidesanderstead.co.uk

 

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Quail Gardens, Selsdon

The Oakwood Group have negotiated the purchase of this residential site in Selsdon, on a subject to planning basis.

The site is situated on the south eastern side of Quail Gardens and currently forms part of the garden of Hallinwood Bungalow, 46 Quail Gardens.  It lies adjacent to a Site of Nature Conservation Importance and Metropolitan Green Belt.

An application for full planning permission has recently been submitted to the London Borough of Croydon for 15 x three bedroom houses, arranged in two opposing terraces.

The layout of the terraces would be perpendicular to Quail Gardens.  This takes advantage of the depth of the existing site to allow for adequate separation between the proposed structures and their surroundings.

The proposed houses are relatively traditional in design with pitched slate effect roofs, red brick and with feature brick detailing.  Many local buildings are simple and well-proportioned in their appearance and execution with significant amount of repetition.  These characteristics have been applied to the proposed development.

Soft landscaping will seek to provide variety in height, texture, colour and seasonality with a strong emphasis on attracting insects and birds.

A full planning application was submitted in February 2019 and a resolution to grant permission was secured in June 2019.  

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Copley Park, Beckenham

The Oakwood Group purchased this former industrial site off Copers Cope Road, on a subject to planning permission basis.

The previous industrial use of the site was not appropriate in this location and did not sit comfortably with the predominantly residential uses which surrounded it.

We saw an opportunity to dramatically improve the existing built environment and worked in conjunction with the Local Planning Authority and key stakeholders to come up with a proposal for 8 x five bedroom houses, with emphasis on providing high quality accommodation to meet the local need.

The layout comprises four pairs of detached dwellings with assigned car parking. The height of all of the dwellings are two storey with accommodation within the roof space and will ensure the scheme integrates well into the built environment.

The houses are traditional in design with pitched slate roofs, London stock brick, bay windows and with sliding sash windows. Traditional corniced eaves, stone cills, flat gauged arch lintels and chimneys provide a richness and depth of detail.  Front doors are recessed with clerestorey lights over. Dormer windows are modest in scale and lead clad. Individual front gardens are hedged and laid to lawn to provide privacy and defensible space on the entrance drive.

The application was submitted in August 2014, but owing to the Council’s failure to make a decision within the statutory timeframe, an appeal was lodged with the Secretary of State in January 2015.  The appeal was then allowed in July 2015.

Works on site commenced in October 2015 and were complete in June 2017.

Further details can be found on the development’s dedicated website – www.copleypark.co.uk

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Milton Road, Croydon

The Oakwood Group negotiated the purchase of this former industrial site in the London Borough of Croydon on a subject to planning permission basis.

The Site is located between Gloucester and Milton Road in Croydon and comprised a collection of dilapidated warehouses and office accommodation.  The majority of the buildings had been vacant for over fifteen years and consequently were in an extremely poor state of repair.

The Site was the subject of four failed planning application since 2002.  The Local Authority were historically resistant to any development which resulted in the loss of commercial floorspace.

Consultation with the Local Authority and the local community commenced in August 2014 and lasted for a period of fourteen months.

The extensive consultation played a fundamental role in formulating a planning application for 81 residential units and 1900sqm of commercial floorspace, which was formally submitted to the London Borough of Croydon in late October 2015

Planning Permission was then granted, under delegated powers and within the statutory time period, on 28 December 2015.  The application received just two objections.

Works on Site commenced in May 2016.  The initial phase of the development is due to be complete mid 2018.

Further details can be found on the development’s dedicated consultation website – www.miltonhouse.co.uk

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Smitham Yard, Leaden Hill, Coulsdon

The Oakwood Group negotiated the purchase of this mixed use scheme opportunity, on a subject to planning basis.

The site is situated to the east of Coulsdon Town railway station and presently houses three single storey garages and workshops.

The proposal is for a collection of new mixed-use commercial and residential buildings, comprising of 67 apartments and 474sqm of commercial floorspace.

We see this project as a continuation of the regeneration which we have started in Coulsdon Town Centre and the location provides a logical gateway for a building of this type in townscape terms.

Our extensive public consultation resulted in us gaining the support of the four local Residents’ Associations, Ward Councillors and the Local MP.

Despite this strong local support, the Local Planning Authority disagreed with our assessment of the Site’s planning designation.  This resulted in us submitting an outline planning application in December 2015 to solely focus on the ‘land use’ aspect.  The Officer’s recommendation to approve was eventually secured and a resolution to grant outline consent was awarded by the planning committee in May 2016.

The Reserved Matters application was submitted in October 2016 and a decision was issued on 30 March 2017.

Work commenced on site in January 2018.  Further details to follow.

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Station Approach Road, Coulsdon

The Oakwood Group agreed to purchase part of the Coulsdon Town Station Car Park from Network Rail, on a subject to planning permission basis.

Planning Permission was granted under delegated powers for a single block of apartments comprising 16 x 1 and 2 bed units.  Twelve car parking spaces were also re-provided for use as Network Rail customer car parking.

We worked tirelessly in the spirit of the coalition Government’s localism agenda to engage with the local community and the planning authority during the pre-application stages to ensure the scheme submitted was acceptable.

The layout is imaginative and it is considered that the proposed building is visually striking and the quality of the design enhances the centre of Coulsdon.

All of the homes met the Building Research Establishment’s Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 Rating and forty per-cent of the predicted annual energy consumption of the dwellings will be generated from on-site renewable energy sources, principally photovoltaic panels.

The development was formally opened in December 2016 by Councillor Alison Butler, Croydon’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Homes, Regeneration and Planning.  Further details of the opening event can be found via our News Page.

Construction commenced August 2015 and work was completed in December 2016.

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Station Road, Belmont

The Oakwood Group agreed to purchase this site despite the extensive planning history of two failed planning applications and dismissed appeals.

The 0.14 ha. Site contained eight units providing a mix of light industrial and workshop space, all of the units were in a state of disrepair and were uninhabitable. The former buildings contributed nothing in the way of quality to the local townscape and only served to detract from the pleasant character of the area.

The proposal for fourteen apartments and four houses was undeniably steered and informed by the feedback received through the public consultation and the Local Authority’s pre-application service.

In terms of visual amenity, we saw an opportunity to significantly enhance the street scene and dramatically improve the existing built form.

The four proposed houses are traditional in design with pitched slate roofs, red brick and bay features, with sliding sash windows throughout.  Gable fire walls with traditional stone cills, dentil course eaves and flat gauged arch lintels provide a richness and depth of detail.

The appearance of the apartment block has more of a contemporary feel in order to reflect the different character of Station Road.  A red brick with aluminium copings has been chosen to tie the development into the wider area, matched with dark grey windows and metalwork which complement each other. The set back top floor is a dark grey metal cladding to accentuate the difference in approach.

The application was submitted in May 2016 and a resolution to grant permission was awarded by the planning committee in early September 2016.

Work on site was completed in May 2019.

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Wallace Crescent, Carshalton

The Oakwood Group negotiated the purchase of this former industrial site off Wallace Crescent, on a subject to planning permission basis.

The previous industrial use of the site was not appropriate in this location and did not sit comfortably with the residential uses surrounding it on all sides.

We saw an opportunity to visually enhance the street scene and dramatically improve the existing built environment and worked in conjunction with the local planning authority and key stakeholders to establish a proposal for 9 x four bedroom houses, with emphasis on providing high quality accommodation to meet the local need.

The layout comprises a row of semi-detached and terraced dwellings, which are traditional in design with pitched slate roofs London stock brick, single storey bay windows and sliding sash windows throughout.

The height of all of the dwellings is two storey with accommodation within the roof space. The design ensures that there is sufficient space between the end units and the Site boundary line to ensure the Development does not have an unacceptable impact on neighbouring residential amenity.

The application was submitted in early June 2014 and was granted by the planning committee nine weeks later. Construction started in February 2015 and was completed in March 2016.

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