Affordable Infill Housing
key description: affordable housing infill
client: Sanctuary Group
The site on this small Close is an underused used and poorly maintained parcel of land that predominantly houses garages. To the east of the site, there is overgrown and rough ground that is prone to misuse and occasional fly tipping. The site currently only provides a storage function but in reality and the garages are not used for actually parking cars and informal parking tends to occur in an ad-hoc manner around the general site.
Therefore Unit One Architects, were asked to submit a proposal to utilise this underused parcel of land to providenew affordable homes and also create an improved outlook for the existing adjacent and surrounding residents.
The existing site contains a 3 storey apartment block consisting of 6 residential flats. There is an additional 3 storey block to the North of the proposal site and other surrounding 2 storey Victorian terraced housing with pitched roofs.
A maximum of 3-storeys in height is therefore deemed appropriate for the proposed block. The scale of the development has been carefully considered to reduce the impact on neighbouring buildings, and has been sited in a location where it will have as minimal an impact on its surrounding context as possible.
The block has been orientated on a North South axis, with the shorter side elevation facing the gardens to the North. This therefore reduces the impact of overshadowing on the surrounding context. The apartment themselves run front to back within this block and so have an East and a West elevation. As a result all flats are dual aspect and will benefit from morning sun in the East facing bedrooms and afternoon sun on the West elevation that contains the balconies and living spaces.
The scheme will deliver 6 x high quality apartments for affordable living, all compliant with London Plan standards and relevant planning policies.
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