Homes into which local residents can downsize
Peter Barber Architects for BeFirst /London Borough of Barking
Contract value: undisclosed
A terrace of 14 dwellings, on an ‘undevelopable’ strip of grass behind another housing block, offers homes into which local residents can downsize. Challenges included overlooking, overbearing onto established residents and privacy. Two rows of cottages, one facing existing housing and the other street-facing, all have front gardens/courtyards and are dual or triple aspect; their main outlooks are into the courtyards. All homes are designed to the GLA /National Space Standards with two of the dwellings fully wheelchair accessible. Barrel vaulted roofs reduce the impact of the building line while providing an interesting interior feature.