A mixed tenure development of 25 family houses used an exemplar project for the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder regeneration programme in the East Central districts of Rochdale. The project received a RIBA Housing Design Award (2007) and CABE Building for Life Gold Standard (2010).
The steeply sloping cleared site was surrounded by late-Victorian terraced housing and was within a predominantly Bangladeshi community. The design solution is based on using a linked terrace form that gives strong definition to the streets whilst at the same time allowing each house to be individually defined.
The courtyard houses have living areas grouped around private terraces accessed by large glazed screens. The result is a tight-knit group of tall townhouses with fronts defined by two-storey bay windows, allowing views up or down the street, promoting natural form of surveillance and a simple dignity to the street. A vibrant public realm has been achieved where balconies, threshold areas and bay windows all present opportunities neighbours to interact and animate everyday life.