Trafford Design Code

Form and Profile

Plan and Layout


Elevation and Proportion

Balconies and Terraces

Materials and Detail

Boundaries, Servicing and Plant

Car and Bicycle Parking


Balconies and Terraces


Access to private amenity space is important for the health and wellbeing of residents, therefore all apartments should be provided with private amenity space, whether it be a garden, balcony or terrace.


Terraces and balconies can add interest to building elevations, but they should always be integral to the design of the building, not compromise the privacy of existing neighbours and seek to optimise privacy for new neighbours. “bolt-on” balconies will not normally be supported.


Sensitively designed roof gardens can provide welcome additional private and communal amenity space. However, for accessibility reasons, where provided as a communal garden they should generally only be provided in addition to a garden at ground level, and not as a substitute.

Codes in this Section

Features of apartment balconies and terraces

  • Private balconies for each apartment
  • Gardens for ground floor apartments
  • Communal courtyard spaces with allotments and play areas
  • Shared deck terrace spaces
  • Small front garden for ground floor apartments







Parapets and screening

Apartments Balconies and Terraces Case Studies

Acton Gardens

Acton Gardens by Alison Brooks Architects for Countryside Properties This £500m masterplan for the 2600 home, 40-acre regeneration of the South Acton Estate was won by

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Dockley Apartments

Dockley Apartments by Studio Woodroffe Papa for Matching Green Ltd The redevelopment of the Dockley Road Industrial Estate is part of a wider scheme transforming the railway

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Brentwood Locks

brentwood Lock West, London by Duggan Morris Mixed tenure housing along the waterfront, forming part of a five-year project to breathe new life into the

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Ely Court

Ely Court by Alison Brookes Architects for Catalyst Housing Ely Court is a 43-dwelling mixed-tenure regeneration scheme within Phase 1b of London’s South Kilburn Estate

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The Echoes

The Echoes by Bell Phillips Architects The development is of mostly of three storeys, rising to four in part. The final side of the courtyard

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Permeable paving options