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This award winning project saw the creation of a new, high quality sustainable community providing much needed affordable homes and the regeneration of a rundown quarter of Southampton in a socially responsible manner.

Stakeholder and public consultation played a significant part in the development of the scheme which was seen as a catalyst for the creation of a sustainable development zone to the east of the city centre.

The design re-establishes the historic urban grain of St Mary’s and ensures a series of well-defined public and private realm streets and spaces. The three residential blocks have a compact footprint which provides good permeability and connectivity with adjacent areas. The development includes 174 dwellings, 37% of which are affordable housing in a mix of one and two bedroom flats, maisonettes and town houses over three perimeter blocks surrounding communal courtyards.

“I don’t think we’ve seen a better development since we’ve been doing Building for Life.”

Wayne Hemingway, Chair of Building for Life

Key facts
  • Client: Swaythling Housing Society / Southampton City Council
  • Location: Southampton
  • Value: £11m
  • Size: 1.9ha
  • Status: Complete
  • Awards: National Housing Design Award Winner / CABE Building for Life ‘Gold Standard’ / CABE website ‘Best Practice’ Case Study / One of Housing Corporation’s ‘Feature Fifteen’ projects
  • Photographer: Tim Crocker