GOOD NEIGHBOURS… or how to calm curtain-twitchers.

Intensification means less gaps and new plan forms as gardens vanish and privacy distances are rethought. So how do you plan cheek by jowl and stop residents fretting?

The Housing Design Awards seminar showcases a range of schemes that each deserve a platform for tackling the issues of the moment. Each case study presentation will be a mix of speakers for a rounded story and the event will be chaired by Housing Design Awards judges including Good Homes Alliance Chair, Lynne Sullivan OBE,  MHCLG Head of Architecture, Andy Von Bradsky and Louise Brooke-Smith, Arcadis partner and UK Head of Development & Strategic Planning.


1.45pm Doors open for registration and coffee

2.00pm Introduction by chairs and HDA Judges

Case studies

Abode 2: Can you really sell family houses at 3 times the normal coverage rate?

Stephen Proctor, Proctor and Matthews, Jonathan Gimblett, Countryside Properties on Abode 2 Great Kneighton, Cambridge is a national launch pad for new plans and layouts. Lead developer Countryside’s latest scheme with Proctor and Matthews is the most intensely planned yet, with back-to-back houses and mews streets with generous privacy amenity space.

Marmalade Lane: What’s sacred and what’s shared when designing cohousing?

Shubhanaga Simpson, Mole Architects project architect and Jan Chadwick from Marmalade Lane cohousing on Marmalade Lane’s cohousing group of client households directly fed into the design of 44 homes by Mole Architects. The end result, the most bespoke large housing development in the country, shows how more contact with neighbours affects layout and form.

Goldsmith Street: How to get medieval with 21st century expectations

David Mikhail and Annalie Riches of Mikhail Riches and Norwich City Council

Seamless terraces facing across narrow lanes made medieval layouts highly efficient. Norwich is getting an update with innovative treatments for parking, bin stores, meter boxes, letter boxes, balancing adequate daylighting with Passivhaus performance in houses and flats, each with a discrete street access.

23a George Street, Croydon: Making light of the straight and narrow

Mark Fairhurst of Mark Fairhurst Architects plus Croydon Borough Council

A strip of land between commercial blocks linking to Croydon’s commercial quarter will see 7 homes line either side to face each other across a narrow pedestrian route. So how do you get light, air and private amenity space into a 21st century Diagon Alley?

Waxwell Lane, Pinner: Intensifying Metroland

Jay Gort, Director and Nicola Ibbotson, Project architect of Gort Scott Architects

An area of backlands will soon become a mews of 20 family-sized houses complete with outdoor space, much of it tucked away at upper levels. How can design calm a neighbourhood facing such fundamental change?

Marian Court, Homerton: landscape as the soul of a dense neighbourhood

Adam Khan of Adam Khan Architects and Liza Fior of muf architecture/art

How to redevelop an estate to higher density, bonding a ‘family’ of 5 very different buildings together with a 4m deep resilient landscaping strategy so the gaps between building are its social nexus

5.00pm Q & A closing comments by chairs and HDA Judges

5.30pm ENDS and registration for the Awards ceremony

6.15pm Awards ceremony

7.45pm Celebratory drinks and networking

8.30pm ENDS

Event information

Booking: Eventbrite

2019 Housing Design Awards

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