Allen Court in Sudbury Hill has been granted planning consent by Ealing’s Planning Committtee on Wednesday 28th November. This estate regeneration project for Notting Hill Housing and Linden Homes provides 89 mixed tenure flats, maisonettes, and houses, and a new community room in a sweeping south-facing series of pavilions. Having won the two stage bid in 2011 a range of options were explored with the planners and some intensive resident consultation was carried out. A real breakthrough was convincing the Council and the Parks Department to reconfigure the shape of the park with no net loss of open space so that the new dwellings created a new backdrop to the improved park.
This is a sketch of Derby City Council’s Planning Committee granting approval to Compendium Living for the redevelopment of Castleward in Derby.
For the last three years, our multi-disciplinary team of Planners, Urban Designers, Landscape Architects, Sustainability Consultants, Architects and Graphic Designers have been working on the design of a new place on the edge of Derby city centre. The area is currently populated with light industrial units and very few people live there. It will be transformed into a residential neighbourhood, so it’s a good chance to think about what might make a great place.
With Compendium, we’ve thought about who might want to move to this location and take advantage of the city amenities and connections. We’ve tried to imagine what might appeal to these people and design houses specifically for them. We want to attract all age ranges as our experience of successful existing communities is that they benefit from the interactions between people at different life stages, with different interests and different amounts of time on their hands.
To help make this community, we’ve designed houses for people we think might be interested in Castleward, and might want something different from what’s available in the standard developer housetype range (although we’ve got them too). Compendium are providing the other facilities that this community might need: access to a park, a school, a local supermarket, office space etc. It’s laid out on a fairly simple grid of streets.
Together, the HTA team got through a couple of rounds of competitive dialogue and in November 2011 we got the go ahead to work up the hybrid planning application. Six months after appointment we submitted the application and last Thursday night, 12 weeks after submission, Compendium Living were granted planning approval with a unanimous vote by the planning committee.
Compendium plan to start on site before the end of the year.
Prince Edward and his wife the Countess of Wessex attended the opening of the new promenade at Bexhill-on-Sea, designed by HTA’s landscape team.
Members of the team and HTA’s project director Simon Bayliss were there to see the Royals unveil a plaque.
Toward CO2 neutrality
Great Britain has four more years to go before all new housing in the country has to be CO2 neutral. How this could work is demonstrated by ‘CarbonLight Homes’, a semi-detached house in Rothwell designed by London based HTA Architects.
Read the full article here.
By a total co-incidence the 1960′s furniture was supplied by Louice Lusby Taylor’s mid century design shop bra bohag in Edinburgh. Louice is Peter’s wife who was HTA’s former technical design director. She also recently restored and resold one of Ben Derbyshire’s chairs.
mid-century modern design.