Gruff trade in Brockley


The shop formerly known as The Shop on the Hill on Harefield Road is the new home of architecture practice Gruff.

Owned by local resident Rhys Cannon, Gruff's offices showcase an eclectic range of conceptual work, from sexy tuning fork pylons to pivoting beach huts, but Cannon also does residential commissions and recently took part in this year's Architect in the House. He says he'd be delighted for people to drop in during the day, as the more work he does locally, the easier it will be for him to keep the office in the area.

Together with Green Tea Architects in Brockley Cross and the progress at Martin's Yard, Gruff's arrival suggests that the Council's long-term ambition for Brockley as the home to a variety of small professional companies clustered around the East London Line may be taking shape.

It's also nice to see these units - in a great location and next door to the excellent Orchard - filling up again.

9 comments:

RosieH said...

That's great news. Now to save up for that kitchen extension...

been stung said...

You do know that architects charge for their work do you?

DJ said...

Is it called Gruff after Gruff Rhys?
Because if so, that would be marvelous.

Hugh said...

Did the Shop on the Hill go bust?

Anonymous said...

No. The woman who ran it had to give up to look after her ill sister's children.

Brazmattazz said...

Good luck to the fellow architect and congrats for the choice of location. Never as good as having a great restaurant nearby - take your people there for relaxed friday lunches!

Wedgie said...

"...arriveal suggests that the Council's long-term ambition for Brockley as the home to a variety of small professional companies clustered around the East London Line may be taking shape."

And what exactly has the council done to assist that process? Is it council funded?

Brockley Nick said...

Don't get me wrong, I don't think they've done a great deal to achieve it, but nonetheless, it is happening.

The obviously have a role to play in planning and I think the Martin's Yard development is very sensible.

Anonymous said...

A really happy customer review:- we've just had some plans drawn up by Rhys for some internal work. We thought it would be too small for them to bother with (it is a bathroom refit, involving widening the room, a new wall in our lounge and changing doors around etc). I can highly recommend them. I do like "been stung's" sense of humour but in this case we were really happy with their price. (and no, i'm not connected in any way)

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