Mid Devon District Council Housing Development
Saunders Boston Architects have submitted a Full Plans Application on behalf of Mid Devon District Council for the development of 70no affordable homes; all designed to meet the requirements of Passivhaus and NDSS.
The scheme is arranged to work with the contours of the site and face outwards on all sides. A landscape design incorporating play on the way, nature walks, recreation space and pedestrian links have been woven into the layout to enhance the sense of place and wellbeing for residents. The proposals are also designed to achieve a 10% Net Biodiversity Gain in regards to ecological enhancement.
The houses are designed with a contemporary feel with their form and grouping heavily influenced by the requirements of meeting the Passivhaus standard. Window sizes and glazing proportions are also influenced by these requirements. The thick external walls are emphasised by setting the windows back within the envelope and incorporating deep brick or stone reveals, lending a more traditional feel to the building envelopes.
The house types have been developed to incorporate space for the proposed MVHR units, water cylinders, and duct work distribution required to satisfy the ventilation and heating requirements for the properties.
Due to the steeply sloping topography, and the existing constraints, the houses are arranged in various orientations around the site. As the orientation of the houses has been severely limited by the topography of the site the houses are not necessarily in the optimal orientation in terms maximising light and minimising solar gain. As such the window sizes, roof overhang, window reveal depth and the incorporation of some brise-soleil have all needed to be considered in order to compensate for the sub-optimal orientation of some houses, with these elements finely refined as feedback has been received from the PHPP modelling.
A key part of the aesthetic is the ratio of openings (doors and windows) to external wall with a range of carefully ordered openings. Fenestration for windows has also been designed to provide large panes of glass and reduced areas of frame to maximise the thermal performance of the windows. Windows will be triple glazed with thermally broken frame, with front entrance doors incorporating vertical glazed vision panels and fan lights above to allow light to permeate into and out of the front hall area.
Saunders Boston Architects (SBA) has been delivering award winning bespoke housing projects for 10 decades since our formation in 1919. Today, SBA has a specialist residential design team of over 20 full time chartered professionals, headed by Darren Heffer (Director).
Privately funded projects have been designed and delivered for international, national, regional and local developers, housebuilders, agents, land promoters and individual clients.
SBA also sits on numerous publically funded frameworks for Registered Providers, Local Authorities and Charities. Many of the projects resulting from these frameworks are funded by Homes England/Homes and Communities Agency.
Projects range in size from a single dwelling to 300+ and include new build developments on Greenfield and Brownfield sites, remodelled and extended schemes as well as conversions of listed and historic buildings. Developments have been delivered in urban and rural locations.
Increasingly SBA is delivering Joint Venture, mixed-use, mix-tenure developments where we are able to bring our clients added value through our expertise across several sectors.
SBA provides our clients with the following key services in the residential sector;
- Planning Consultant
- Interior Design
- Principal Designer
- Clerk of Works
- Project Management
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Campbell Buchanan George and Saunders Boston have worked successfully together on many residential projects of varying sizes over a period of at least 10 years. Saunders Boston’s comprehensive understanding of the developer’s need for outstanding and commercially viable design is second to none. This combined with a full understanding of local policies and commitment to engagement ensures that their schemes quickly win the support of all interested parties and make positive progress through the planning process. Consistently delivering commercially viable good design with a strong market appeal makes Saunders Boston a key player in the success of our business. Andy Girvan, Campbell Buchanan George