Quest House Quest House Quest-House-Project-Sheet.pdf

Where: Cross Road, Croydon

Who For: Family Mosaic

What: 73 units Quest House

Architect: Stephen Davy Peter Smith

Under the HCA 2011-15 Affordable Homes programme, Family Mosaic, like many housing associations had very strict time limits to work within, namely that schemes had to be built and ready for occupation by March 2015. This proposal came forward relatively late in the day, with the initial instruction to secure planning given in July 2012, with an imperative to ensure this happened as soon as possible, to meet the requirements of the programme. The scheme proposed to make good use of a former office block, converting the building itself, and adding various new build extensions. This approach of retaining existing built fabric is more sustainable, and also assisted with the building construction timescale. The proposal envisaged a change of use to residential, to create 73 new dwellings, with the building extended, going up to nine storeys in height.

CMA Planning lead the planning process, carrying out pre-application discussions and liaising with Croydon Council. Following on from this, planning approval was secured under delegated powers, within 13 weeks, in February 2013, within six months from instruction. Approval was then secured for minor amendments in May 2013, with full CIL Relief being granted in October 2013.

Following completion, the scheme was Commended at the New London Architecture Awards 2017.  

  • Borough: Croydon
  • Scale: Major
  • Status: Completed
  • Sector: Housing, Affordable Housing