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Housing Design Award 2016

Cathy Hawley with Mikhail Riches

This city-centre scheme seeks to restore the historic terraced street grid obliterated by insensitive modern development. Developed as an 80% social rent scheme by the council, it is part of a new generation of council housing prompted by a relaxation in Treasury finance rules. While the scheme seeks to restore the street pattern, it will be providing flats rather than houses. The aim is to provide individual street entrances to minimise common areas and therefore communal charges. With its asymmetrical pitched roofs and perforated brickwork, the scheme seeks to give the traditional terrace typology a contemporary twist.