When, about a year ago, my neighbour said something about seeing a planning application to convert the disused public loos on Crystal Palace Parade into an apartment, I thought he’d been drinking. But then, some months later, Laura Clark posted a link to her blog on a local forum. It showed the conversion in progress, and I realised my neighbour had been right all along. Laura is a young architect, and an extremely tenacious one. She first spotted the disused loos when she moved into the area 6 years ago, and it took all the intervening years to persuade the council to let her acquire the property, and get the relevant permissions, to allow work to begin. What she has achieved is an extraordinary, if somewhat eccentric home.
The full story appeared in the Telegraph Magazine on Saturday 4th August. The piece was written by my good friend and fellow blogger, Charlotte Packer.