Regeneration of an existing 1960s affordable housing development
The existing development consisted of bedsits and was managed by Affinity Sutton. In addition to a total refurbishment of the existing bedsits to provide single bedroom flats and 2/3 bedrooms houses we provided 3 additional blocks of flats providing much needed additional affordable housing to a struggling community. The new build flats achieved Code for Sustainable Homes 3 and the refurbished units a BREEAM Refurbishment ‘Very Good’ rating.
All units are supplemented with an element of free electricity produced by roof mounted PV panels that address Plymouth City Council’s Renewable Energy Planning Policy. All homes achieve a ‘B’ rating on the EPC resulting in low running costs for the residents. External areas allow safe, inclusive access for everyone. The project gained Secured by Design certification and the following quotation was made by Paul Shepperd the Architectural Liaison Officer
“Dawson Close is an important site in an area of Plymouth with above average crime rates. With this in mind the design has gone above and beyond the 3 key principles of SBD and for this reason we will be using the scheme as an exemplar project”
The site achieved full Secured by Design accreditation and in addition was nominated for Mitchelmores Property and RICS awards, and shortlisted for LABC.