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
- 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