Scheme design by Arhitype
BCLT is working in partnership with United Communities Housing Association to develop a proposal for 49 highly sustainable, affordable homes in Lockleaze. The development will offer a mix of family homes and apartments, to match the housing needs within Bristol. Across all property sizes there will be a mix of Shared Ownership and Affordable Rent homes available.
The appointed architects for the project are Architype, an architectural practice with national expertise in community consultation, Passivhaus design, self-build and co-housing projects. United Living, a UK leading provider of new build living solutions with a passion for delivering a sustainable legacy, have been appointed as the Design and Build contractor. The planning application was approved in September of 2017 and work is due to begin in early 2018, with a proposed completion date of autumn 2019.
The scheme will be completed using a self-finish model. This requires all residents to undertake training which enables them to complete elements of the finish process e.g. decorating, tiling, floor laying etc. This, in turn, will provide opportunity for homeowners to increase the equity share in their homes, and tenants to help reduce their annual rental costs.
BCLT members have been involved in the project from the start. A Prospective Residents Group have been meeting regularly to support the development and steer the design process. A register of interest for the scheme was opened in 2015, this register closed in March of 2017 due to high demand from BCLT members and local Lockleaze residents in need of affordable housing. The matching process for all homes is now complete.
Scheme Design by Architype
Local Community Consultations
The first community consultation was carried out in October 2013. Local residents in the Lockleaze area were consulted on the site and given the opportunity to express opinions about the local area and how this site might offer improvements or benefits to the existing community.
Three strategies for site layout and density were presented. These options ranged from a low rise development spread across the whole site, through to mid-rise flats which maintained green site boundaries and a high rise option with flats located centrally in surrounding parkland. The feedback helped shape the current plans, with support shown for green buffer zones around the boundaries of the site, and buildings kept to 3 storeys.
A further public consultation was carried out with local residents. Details such as materials, access, car parking and community facilities were discussed.
Feedback from this event informed us that parking issues and access from Morris Road were a concern for local residents. Therefore as well as providing adequate parking spaces on site, we plan to include a car club to help facilitate residents to give up owning a car.
The final community event before submitting to planning took place on 6 February 2017. Plans were shared with local residents at a community event ‘Lockleaze the Future’ held at The Hub. 54 local households visited the stand (approximately 120 people), and we registered many of these as interested in potentially living at the site.