Pretoria Court, Tyrwhitt Road

Pretoria Court is the housing development that replaced the WP Stone factory on the old Pretoria Parade on Tyrwhitt Road. The wrapping is coming off and it looks like an OK pastiche. Divided in to eight two-bed flats, it's on the market with Acorn.

29 comments:

kolp said...

Who's watching Location Location Location right now and thinking the people on should be looking right here!

Anonymous said...

when was there ever a Pretoria Parade?

Anonymous said...

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?

Anonymous said...

except for the tiny windows....

Danja said...

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.

Anonymous said...

Looks nicer than the pub opposite it.

Brockley Nick said...

@Danja - maybe it was a little generous. My first reaction was that the windows are too small - it's OK, no more.

Timmy2wheels said...

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.

Brockley Ben said...

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.

Anonymous said...

I suspect the small windows are to do with meeting energy efficiency requirements.

Tamsin said...

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.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of which, anyone know what's happening to the old grocer's on the corner? Please tell me it's not flats...

Anonymous said...

tiny windows are cheaper, that's why? new builds often only have the minimum specs install. smaller bedrooms, lower ceilings, smaller windows.

Ewhursty said...

Might be small but at least these would be built up to current soundproofing standards, unlike most of the older horror flats in London...

headhunter said...

I suspect the windows are small due to cost. Plenty of new developments have big glassy windows and apparently they adhere to energy regulations

Anonymous said...

Aren't small windows something to do with health and safety or fire regs or something?

NAT said...

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.

NAT said...

Actually its only incongrous

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

I thought that within the conservation one could not use plastic windows

NAT said...

inconGRUOUS

Anonymous said...

so that's how the £500 · Tyrwhitt Road Neighbourhood Beautification Programme (is being spent.

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

Any reviews of the presumably honest shop to the left of the building?

TM said...

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.

Cornish Pastiche said...

Like the buildings either side, the brickwork will take on its own character in time.

NAT said...

Yes but they were given a good start in life by the use of contrasting coloured brick in bands and in the window arches.

Anonymous said...

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?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the plans for the shop on the corner yet?

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