Client: Housing Charity
Status: Planning Stage
Suburban Homes Redefined
The designs for Collinstown Grove consist of 32 affordable apartments. The proposals carefully respects the existing grid of the surrounding housing while seeking to break from the standard front garden/back garden divide created by the typical suburban terraced house.
It is hoped that this will increase the sense of community and interaction within the neighbourhood.
The development is composed of two-storey (with dormer) modular blocks which are generally ‘T-shaped’ in plan, allowing for a triple aspect orientation.
These are repeated around a central courtyard, following the form of the site.
Public, private and semi-private spaces are subtly defined by the use of external stairs, railings, planters and changes in the paving patterns and colours.
The buildings are designed to be low maintenance. The walls are clad in brick and self-coloured render, steelworks are galvanised and unpainted, windows are of timber Alclad tilt-and-turn design which permits all windows throughout the development to be cleaned internally by residents.
All the homes have ‘own-door’ access, with those on the first floor having their own private external staircases, avoiding the need for internal communal spaces requiring management.
The typologies allow for adaptation over time and can easily be extended if necessary to create an additional bedroom.