Residential works carried out through projects involving housing associations bring much-needed social housing to rural and urban areas. Well-considered developments provide the local communities with social and affordable housing.
Many aspects of design are considered to develop a successful and sustainable scheme for the local community. The initial brief plays an important role in identifying the balance of requirements for the proposed residents of a particular site. Differing social groups such as families or the elderly can have a substantial impact on the overall design considerations.
Each project has different site constraints and demands; these are carefully considered so that the completed development can be a successful and sustainable development, helping to assist in the provision of local needs.
Every individual design addresses links with the local community, transportation and helps support the end user to take ownership and care of their property. As well as taking an overview of the overall design concept, each scheme will be technically driven by design guidance such as Design Quality Requirements, Code for Sustainable Homes, Secure by Design and building control regulations.
Selection of construction methods will vary depending on site constraints, development timescale and what fabric efficiency is required to meet the relevant technical guidance. A balance is sought between cost of maintenance and sustainable design - this is achieved through collaboration between JPH Architects and other members of the design team with whom we will liaise directly on our clients’ behalf.
Schematic design schemes can play an important role in the development of any proposal. Local vernacular materials are taken into account as well as the style and ethos of the existing surroundings - this enables us to select external materials that are conducive in colour texture and form. Not only can schematic schemes look at the elevational treatments, but they can also demonstrate how the end user is able to interact with their local community and environs.
An important design aspect of any scheme development is the landscape. Understanding the end users’ requirements is paramount. Through careful selection of products and materials, the interaction between the user and the local environment can be enhanced through good design.