HOMES AROUND A GARDEN
A new development of 19 houses for affordable rent in Buckinghamshire
This scheme for Catalyst Homes is a new development of 19 two bedroom houses for affordable rent. It is due to start on site in 2018 for completion in 2019.
The site at Lane End in Buckinghamshire, gives an opportunity to design a collection of houses around a communal garden. This not only provides a safe place for the neighbours to meet and play but also gives welcome relief from the noise of the adjacent M40.
Taking their material cue from the local vernacular of red brick, render and clay tiled roofs; the red and off-white brick, two bedroom houses each have a private courtyard as well as on plot car ports tucked under the first floor master bedrooms.
The principle motivator for this scheme was to design a community of buildings with a high quality shared space that was easily accessible for people of all ages and particularly safe for children. Our research in practice provides the evidence that this type of space results in better use by residents.