Suburban Housing, Aldershot

A rigorous and brave scheme that has the potential to become a community

· Credit: Kristien Daem

Sergison Bates for Baylight Property Services

Contract value: £2.45m

GIA: 1327m2

RIBA South Project Architect of the Year, sponsored by Tarmac

This is a rigorous and brave scheme that has been led by a passionate and enquiring architect. The aim was to explore ‘how to build better housing’. The layout has a deliberately rural feel within a garden setting which is in shared ownership between all residents. Not only is the aspiration for the architecture high, but there is an opportunity for social integration and shared responsibility. 

  • · Credit: Kristien Daem
  • · Credit: Kristien Daem
  • · Credit: Kristien Daem
  • · Credit: Kristien Daem

This is an experiment in the picturesque where overlooking is treated as an opportunity not a problem: some residents have embraced it, others not, but the opportunity is there for the taking. The Flemish brick in ‘wild bond’ (half brick 2/3 brick and full brick combinations) add to the feeling of crafted texture and help to break down the scale. This is an impressive development that has the potential to become a community. The project achieved a lot with a small amount. 

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