Michael Dyson Associates Ltd was appointed to design new build housing on this reasonably large site of a redundant sheltered housing scheme. Working closely with the client, the planners and local residents, we agreed a scheme to introduce 22 dwellings to the site consisting of 10 flats, 5 houses and 7 bungalows.
All dwellings were designed to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, Building for Life, Lifetime Homes and Secured by Design standards.
As the site was sloping with a significant change in levels with a 5 metre difference in height from one side to the other, it was important to ensure the bungalows within the scheme were not overpowered by the flats. To provide the bungalows with additional elevational mass, a mono pitched projecting gable was designed to each front elevation. This provided the bungalows with increased perceived height as the lower roof line of a bungalow was broken with this gable. This feature followed the upwards slope of the site leading to the 2 storey block of flats balancing out the masses of individual properties. Furthermore the mass of the flats was visually reduced with the inclusion of semi-hipped roofs, taking the viewers eye down to a lower height. The same materials and colour palette were used on all building types to promote unity of the development, but with differing fenestration designs to suit the internal spaces behind.