Planning permission for new homes for affordable rent

Our scheme for 19 two bedroom houses in the village of Land End in Buckinghamshire for Catalyst Homes has been given planning permission. The homes are arranged around a communal garden. Each home has its own private courtyard. 

The relationship between the houses, courtyards and gardens is carefully considered to maximise accessibility to the communal gardens for all residents, particularly children. ZCD Architects' research into similar projects has revealed that layouts such as this contribute to better social use of space for all groups.

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ZCD to feature @ Don't Move to Improve! 2018

ZCD are proud to announce that two of our projects are to feature at the 2018 Don't Move to Improve! exhibition from Thursday the 25th of January at New London Architecture. Look out for Albion Drive and the Treehouse projects on your visit!

 Albion Drive, London Fields

Albion Drive, London Fields

 The Treehouse, ,London Fields 

The Treehouse, ,London Fields 

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Making Spaces for Play

A new report, Making Spaces for Play, written by ZCD Architects and NHBC foundation looks in more detail at our original research, which through observational methodology and new mapping techniques suggests certain design characteristics can have a significant effect on the social use of space. 

The focus is on children's outdoor play, which is seen less and less these days in our local neighbourhoods. Designing for play, this report suggests, could hold the key to community life and social integration and at the same time give back children back their freedom to meet friends, play safely and move around independently. 

These urban design principles have been developed by ZCD Architects and are being tested on other schemes across the country. We use them to inform our designs and to test emerging masterplans and other completed schemes. 

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On site in Clapton

Work is nearing completion on our cor-ten clad house in Clapton, East London. The new family home, which sits on an infill site, is set to complete later this year. 

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ZCD Architects heads to MIPIM

Cordula Weisser, Dinah Bornat and Laura Mark will be at MIPIM next week. 

We'll be pounding the floor of the Palais hoping to speak to prospective clients, developers, collaborators, local authorities and friends about new models in housing development, masterplanning and regeneration. Whilst out in Cannes Cordula will be blogging for the much-loved Architects' Journal MIPIM blog. Read about what she gets up to here

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Hackney 2026

The concept of the Child Friendly City is being tested in a number of cities around the world. ZCD Architects were asked by Policy Studies Institute to organise an event focusing on London Borough of Hackney, looking at the issues and what opportunities there might be for creating a child friendly borough within ten years . Forty participants, from academics to developers, policy makers and children’s experts convened for a day of presentations and idea forming at Haggerston Community Centre in East London. 

In the morning Dinah Bornat, Ben Shaw and Helen Forman presented their respective research work into children's independent mobility, play and policy. This was followed by international examples of intervention from Rita Wapperom of Rotterdam and Marketta Kytta of Helsinki.

In the afternoon participants explored the local area in groups, making observations and taking photographs. On their return they presented ideas to the audience, including the Mayor of Hackney, about how the spaces they had seen could become more child friendly. 

ZCD Architects intends to keep developing the idea of a Child Friendly City with Hackney Council in the coming months.

Photographs courtesy Madeleine Waller.

ZCD Architects named finalist in AJ Barratt Home of the Future contest

ZCD Architects was one of ten finalists in the AJ Barratt Home of the Future competition. 

The competition called for a design for a new home for the mass market that pushes against the tried-and-tested housebuilder approach while simultaneously recognising the tight constraints of their business model. 

The homes had to be suitable for four different types of households and had to consider the demographic and technological changes which will affect the housing market in the next five to 10 years.

The contest was devised as a means of responding to rapidly changing patterns of household formation and consumer taste by harnessing the ‘creativity and innovation’ of architects. Launched in April, it immediately garnered huge interest from AJ’s readership. In August, 10 practices were shortlisted and asked to develop and fine-tune their designs ahead of a final judging session held the following month at the RIBA headquarters in Portland Place.

Read more about the project

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