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.