Design Awards 2012
In response to the characteristics of the site, an interesting spatial hierarchy was generated, addressing issues such as access, overlooking, and maximisation of capacity & amenity space. The development is accessed through a pend within a block of flats, which reinstates the urban block. This leads to a backcourt area, which in turn leads to an intimate central pedestrian lane used to access a series of 2 storey properties. These are arranged along either side of the lane, staggered in relation to the opposite side, allowing the houses an outlook beyond their immediate neighbours towards the tenements on the far side of the block.
The spaces between the blocks create private courtyard gardens, which have been planted with a variety of climbers, which will in time creep up the blank gables and boundary walls.
All 15 units are fully compliant with the requirements of ‘Housing for Varying Needs’ and satisfy the requirements of an Eco Homes ‘Very Good’ Rated development.