HOUSING DESIGN AWARDS 2016 PROJECT WINNER – HEARTLANDS – Design of 90 dwellings for open market, shared ownership and affordable rent in UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of HTA masterplan.
This scheme was part of a wider Heartlands development to regenerate the Pool-Camborne-Redruth corridor, which had been largely untouched after the demise of the tin mining industry. Given the project’s location within a World Heritage Site, the local planning authority had issued a very strict design and products brief. Materials and finishes were to resonate with the mining heritage as well as harmonise with the agricultural buildings on the surrounding landscape.
The overall layout of both the northern and southern parcels was largely determined by the earlier masterplan development at the Outline Planning Stage, the layout was further developed by HTA Architects in conjunction with Trewin Design Architects with Trewin Design developing the individual house types for Coastline Housing Association. The northern parcel consists of 44 units of accommodation being a mix of elder persons flats for affordable rent, affordable homeownership units (also known as shared ownership) and affordable rent. The southern parcel is a mix of shared ownership units, affordable rent, plus some open market units.
The block of flats has been designed in accordance with the principles set out in the HAPPI Report (Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation). This report sets out to:
- Improving the quality of life for our aging population by influencing the availability and choice of high quality, sustainable homes and neighbourhoods.
- Challenging the perceptions of mainstream and specialised housing for older people for existing and future generations.
- Raising the aspirations of older people to demand higher quality, more sustainable homes.
- Spreading awareness of the possibilities offered through innovative design of housing and neighbourhoods.
The brief for the project was to develop a well designed contemporary scheme complementing the custom build element of the project, whilst respecting the local vernacular, in particular, the industrial mining heritage of the area. Generally the roofs are traditional duo pitch, however, plots 27 – 32 on the northern parcel and plots 1 – 4 and 13 – 16 on the southern parcel incorporate repetitive mono pitch gull wing type roofs in order to create variety and interest to complement the custom build housing. The design reference for these roofs can be taken from the Listed Bickford Smiths Fuse Works building in Pendarves Street, which consists of a similar length (six gables) of semi mono pitch north light roofs facing the road creating an interesting ‘rhythm’. The internal rooms are light and airy with pleasant views over the new parkland.