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Regeneration of a brownfield site for affordable housing

This regeneration scheme provides 12 new affordable homes on a tight site near the centre of Somercotes, a former mining village in the Amber Valley. The existing site was narrow and quite constricted with a number adjacent properties overlooking. The narrow frontage faces onto the busy Sleetmoor Lane, where on street parking, bus stops and heavy traffic made the management of the construction phase challenging. Knotweed grew at the edges of the site whilst adjacent housing and light industrial sheds abutted the boundary wall in some areas, requiring a number of different design iterations to find a layout and arrangement which resolve these issues.

The development consists of a mix of 2-bed family houses, together with 1& 2-bed apartments arranged at either end of a courtyard. The design challenge was to arrange the 12 units on the site without overwhelming the neighbouring context or feeling overlooked. The bigger block (of flats) faces onto Sleetmoor Lane and has front doors onto the main street, whilst the remaining units are accessed off the courtyard which also provides the parking and bin storage for the whole development. The smaller houses are arranged in a terrace form, facing the flats like mews houses, with their juliette balconies and large ground floor windows reinforcing their mews character.

We chose to use familiar, traditional forms in keeping with the local vernacular, whilst creating a scheme with distinctive materials and a confident character. The scheme secured Planning in August 2016, and construction is was completed by December of 2017.

Stringer Drive
New-build social housing
for Futures Housing Group
Somercotes, Derbyshire
Value £1.1M
Completion 2017