Architect: Eric Lyons
Set in a wonderfully secluded mews on the private Cator Estate in Blackheath is this bright, two-bedroom end-of-terrace Span house with private garden. Designed by Eric Lyons Cunningham Partnership in 1984, the house is one of 15 that make up Streetfield Mews.
Accommodation is on two floors, with a large open-plan living / dining space and modern kitchen on the ground floor, and two bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor. Access to the private south east-facing garden is from the kitchen. There is a large loft space with potential for conversion. The house also comes with a garage (on a 90 year lease) and an unallocated parking bay.
Many of the original details remain in the house, including a large sliding door that separates the living space from the kitchen, and internal glazing on the first-floor landing.
As with all of Lyons’s Span developments, the houses on the mews have been designed to maximise the qualities of light and space and to enhance the relationship between the buildings and the surrounding landscape. Span took care to design and build houses around existing mature trees, supplemented with new planting and creating communal areas that encourage residents to mix. The houses of Streetfield Mews share a large meadow with swings, space for BBQs and some allotments.
Streetfield Mews is located on the private Cator Estate, a popular area close to the centre of Blackheath that was established in the late 18th century. The Cator Estate, being free from main roads and any commercial activity, retains a unique and tranquil charm. It is, however, a short walk from the main Blackheath station, which runs services to London Bridge in approximately 10 minutes. The area is renowned for its outstanding schools, open spaces (the heath itself) and excellent local shops and restaurants.
Service charge: approx £880 per annum
Estate fee: approx £420 per annum
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.
Having worked for Walter Gropius and Maxwell Fry, Eric Lyons (1912-1980) co-founded the development company Span in 1948, along with Geoffrey Townsend and Leslie Bilsby. Lyons’s Span houses are all about space and light, and blurring the edges between outside and indoor space. He paid great attention to the surrounding landscape, designing and building properties around existing splendid mature trees and creating communal areas that encourage residents to mix. An early Span publication summarises the origin of the name: “It spans the gap between the suburban monotony of the typical ‘spec building’ and the architecturally designed individually built residence.” Outside of his Span work, Lyons carried out a number of other schemes, including public housing for World’s End in Chelsea. He was appointed President of the RIBA in the 1970s.
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