Langdon Park Housing
The site sits on the fringe of a conservation area and has a long and chequered planning history. Local Authority guidance suggested a development of 35-40 units. Engaging closely with the Local Authority planners, a high-density solution was developed, securing formal support for a 70 unit scheme.
The development is broken down in scale with a number of off-street entrances, creation of an active frontage and use of a townhouse-style vernacular. Analysis of the adjacent listed Georgian terrace houses helped develop rules for the arrangement and proportion of windows and openings to the façade.
Top floor units, located in part within the asymmetrical pitched roofs create bright, spacious homes on the top floor whilst minimising building height.
All flats above ground floor are furnished with naturally sheltered, private amenity space. Situated behind the main façade, there is no compromise to the building form with these ‘bolt-on’ balconies. Ground floor flats benefit from private garden space, accessed directly off the street.
The proposal responds sensitively to the local and historical context. Communal green space is generous with improvements to public realm and community facilities
Working alongside the local authority planners, we secured agreement to a proposal delivering twice the recommended site density. Heavily influenced by research into successful European models, this development delivers much needed affordable housing.