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Housing

Whether for private development of luxury apartments, for affordable social housing, student accommodation or any other, understanding of how people live when the individuals are not to hand to consult is what distinguishes "housing" from private houses. But even within this sector there is considerable variety of categories, each with its own set of parameters and requiring a different approach.

Private Developers

Helping developers to realise the potential of sites both through early feasibility studies and later through attractive, sellable building design is a valuable element of architectural service. The principles of master-planning outlined elsewhere can be highly pertinent to a private housing development. When it comes to the actual building design, we understand the difference between private houses for individual clients, which may be quite individualistic and even quirky, and the speculative private housing market where it is important to cater for more general tastes without letting design be dragged down to the banal.

Because of affordable housing thresholds imposed by planning authorities, where there is a need for social housing within or in connection with a private development we can also help the developer in linking with a suitable RSL to achieve this.

Social Housing

Schemes for RSLs (Registered Social Landlords) or Housing Associations developing social housing (part funded through the Housing Corporation), being intensely controlled by the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) and Housing Quality Indicators (HQIs) as well as tight cost restraints, require an additional degree of creativity if the architect is to produce congenial homes rather than 'little boxes'.

Student Housing

The south-west has experienced rapid growth in student numbers in its primary educational centres (notably Exeter, Plymouth, Falmouth), requiring large volumes of student housing to relieve pressure on existing homes in these areas. Working with major contractors and understanding the benefits of systemised or off-site pre-fabrication methods has enabled us to contribute positively to this.

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  • Fortfield Flats, Sidmouth

  • Waterside Apartments & Marina, Bideford

  • Seabrook Orchards, Exeter

  • Waterside Apartments & Marina, Bideford

  • Social Housing, Kingsbridge

  • Seabrook Orchards, Topsham

  • Palstone Lane, South Brent

  • Apartments, Exeter University

  • Plum Park, Exmouth

Bideford Marina

Bideford Marina

The East-The-Water Wharves have been identified as an ‘empty quarter’, brow...

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Blackawton

Blackawton

This rural site at Town Farm, Blackawton was identified by the Local Authority as ...

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Fortfield Flats, Sidmouth

Fortfield Flats, Sidmouth

Set within a Conservation area within the Regency seaside town of Sidmouth, this scheme...

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Plum Park, Exmouth

Plum Park, Exmouth

A scheme developed for Redrow Homes at Plum Park from an earlier master-plan, this woul...

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Seabrook Orchards, Topsham, Exeter

Seabrook Orchards, Topsham, Exeter

A master-plan and urban design project for a major urban extension for Exeter, this sch...

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Social Housing, Kingsbridge

Social Housing, Kingsbridge

This scheme, taken to Planning stage by Grainge Architects for a local Housing Associat...

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South Brent Housing

South Brent Housing

This site in South Brent was allocated for housing within the Dartmoor Development Mana...

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