St Cyprian's development begins

Demolition work is imminent at St Cyprian's Church, by the junction of Adelaide Avenue and Brockley Road. The plan is to build a new mixed-use development, which will retain the Brockley Road-side facade but getting rid of the rest of the church, creating a restaurant and office at ground level and residential space above.

New restaurant space is welcome and this church has been a grim, brooding presence on the high street for a long time, but the architectural mash-up (below) the developers are going for is pretty unsastisfactory chimera, which belongs on this list. It's neither respectful of the building's character, nor bold modern architecture.

With thanks to Nick for the photo.