Turning Housing on its Head? Lessons from Chimney Pot Park.

Chimney Pot Park is a 2007 Urban Splash development designed by architects ShedKM, who aimed to regenerate derelict terraced housing in Salford at a total cost of £88million (Urban Splash, 2007) Design A unique approach to terraced design saw the internal layouts flipped upside down, with living room and kitchens on the upper floors and…
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Building for Life 12: Church Fields

As a part of the course, Alternative Housing, we visited several cases of housing developments. One of them is the project named Church Fields. The bellowing content is going to introduce this development and analysis it by using Building for Life 12 (BFL 12). Church Field Church Fields in Boston spa is a housing scheme…
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Building for Life 12: The Rise in Scotswood (North East)

The Panoramic Views (Authors own images, 2019) The Rise is a housing development of new energy efficient homes on the 60 ha site, built to meet the needs of today’s working families, located in Scotswood (West End of Newcastle). It is the biggest housing development currently underway in the North East and replaces part of the…
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Building for Life 12 Case Study: Sinclair Meadows, South Shields

Building for Life 12 (BfL12) contributes to proposing better housing development by outlining three categories and twelve questions, at least nine out of which should be “green” based on a traffic light system so that to create a better place. As BfL12 has been influencing and leading England’s residential design process, it will benefit us…
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BUILDING FOR LIFE 12: SINCLAIR MEADOWS

Building for Life is a tool used to assess the quality of residential design. Through twelve distinct criteria, neighbourhoods are rated on a simple traffic light system to allow for a more inclusive form of urban design, with settlements achieving nine or more greens eligible for “Built for Life” accreditation. This is an incredibly useful…
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Building For Life 12 – Smith’s Dock, North Shields

Urban splash’s Smith’s dock project is a contemporary take on a coastal community which is currently under development in North Shields along the edge of the River Tyne with views of both the river and the North Sea. In this post I will be analysing the scheme in relation to The Building for Life 12…
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Building for Life 12: Derwenthorpe, York

Derwenthorpe, Osbaldwick is a development on the outskirts of York, built by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and David Wilson Homes, both with different missions and strengths, the partnership has been complementary, resulting in a multi-award winning community. The community is being developed over four phases (each named after a prominent family member of the Rowntree’s)…
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Building for Life 12 – Smith’s Dock

Smith’s Dock is a modern coastal community locates in North Shields, facing River Tyne. I am going to assess Smith’s Dock housing scheme according to Building for Life 12 (BfL12), a useful guide that sets out criteria for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods. (Image from Google Map)   Integrating into the neighbourhood 1. Connection Smith’s Dock…
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Building For Life 12: Smiths Dock, North Shields

Building For Life 12: Smiths Dock, North Shields I will be focusing on an area of the overall masterplan for the former Smiths Dock site, this will be from Phase 1 inclusive of the first implementation of housing on the site: The Plateau and the Fab Houses. This masterful development is situated in North Shields…
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BUILDING FOR LIFE — Derwenthorpe

Derwenthorpe is a housing project developed by Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT). This residential area is divided into several communities. From the plan, each community is consists of about 15 units. In addition there are also links between the communities. Each unit has a separate garden. Of course, their area is not too large, but…
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