Itʼs ʻpeople first architectureʼ, delivers for people now and the future, with low running and maintenance costs. The scheme will be quiet and private for both the resident and wider community, a true sustainable and respectful development for people.
The scheme focuses on quality private amenity space and noise. The front of the building has a screen type wall which mediates between the street and homes. This allows residents to feel as if they are not on show. Balconies have been screened with a vertical louver type pattern to allow residents to see out but others not to see in. The screen solution also respects the wider community to screen any items on balconies which can negatively disrupt the visual appearance of a scheme. Noise between dwellings is a contemporary issue with increased densities. The scheme returns to a very robust solid construction so residents can enjoy music while not affecting their neighbour.
The scheme achieves Code for Sustainable Homes level 3 at a very affordable cost due to the ʻFabric First Approachʼ. The fully electric building also reduces maintenance costs and also services complexity at build stage. Careful design of internal walls allowed the removal of expensive items such as wind-posts and steels.
Project: Box Tree Affordable Housing
Value (£): £2m
Client: Origin Housing Group
Location: Box Tree Lane, Harrow
Area: 4 Houses & 10 Flats
Contract: Design & Build
Services: Planning & Delivery
Consultants: PrestonBennett Planning Consultants
YOOP website: www.yooparchitects.co.uk