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when was there ever a Pretoria Parade?
Pretty mean-sized rooms that would look so much better if they got some decent light - why do new developments often have such small windows?
except for the tiny windows....
I am surprised you think this is decent pastiche - every time I've parked by it I've thought it looks like the most half-hearted rubbish.
Looks nicer than the pub opposite it.
@Danja - maybe it was a little generous. My first reaction was that the windows are too small - it's OK, no more.
Pretoria Parade is/ was the parade of shops which starts with the old grocer's shop on the corner of Tyrwhitt/ Loampit (currently being refurbished) and ends with the hardware shop.
I recall sitting outside the Talbot a couple of months ago discussing exactly the same thing. Why put in such small windows and go to the trouble of putting in the false bricked-up windows in the centre? Odd.
I suspect the small windows are to do with meeting energy efficiency requirements.
A part of the unintended consequences of well-meaning legislation. The now thankfully defunct plans for the Bessom Street triangle were terrible in this regard. Dark red brickwork - or it may have been terracotta - and tiny windows. Someone involved in the Patients' Group of the Queens Road surgery told me of the medical opinion that it (and similar developments) seemed to be designed for anti-social behaviour and problems of depression.
Speaking of which, anyone know what's happening to the old grocer's on the corner? Please tell me it's not flats...
tiny windows are cheaper, that's why? new builds often only have the minimum specs install. smaller bedrooms, lower ceilings, smaller windows.
Might be small but at least these would be built up to current soundproofing standards, unlike most of the older horror flats in London...
I suspect the windows are small due to cost. Plenty of new developments have big glassy windows and apparently they adhere to energy regulations
Aren't small windows something to do with health and safety or fire regs or something?
Never mind the tiny windows. How did they get away with the tiny front door with ingongrous horizontal brickwork above instead of an arch, and how about the window cills made from what looks like two concrete garden kerbstones joimted in the middle.
Actually its only incongrous
Again, everything they do is to cut costs down. If something looks ugly, it's normally because it was cheaper to do it that way.
I thought that within the conservation one could not use plastic windows
so that's how the £500 · Tyrwhitt Road Neighbourhood Beautification Programme (is being spent.
Brockley Soc' gets what it deserves; a piece of boring, pedestrian tut. With a conservation society breathing down their necks, a developer and the planning authority will opt for the path of least resistance - pastiche. Another missed opportunity for Brockley.
Any reviews of the presumably honest shop to the left of the building?
It's a ship spoilt for a ha'path of tar if you ask me. A few contrasting coloured bricks a portico tp the front door and decent windows and it might have been a reasonable pastiche; as it, is it is p*ss poor.The corner shop will be mainly flats with the retail area cut by about a half. Neither use nor ornament.
Like the buildings either side, the brickwork will take on its own character in time.
Yes but they were given a good start in life by the use of contrasting coloured brick in bands and in the window arches.
Looks nice from the outside. Rang the agents dealing with the property which is soon to be on the market soon. Service charge and ground rent @ £1500 per year per flat. 2 of which flats have own gardens. 6 will be sharing. What your thoughts?
Does anyone know the plans for the shop on the corner yet?
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