Trafford Design Code

Protecting Existing Landscape Features

West Gorton Park, Manchester

West Gorton Community Park by  BDP, Arup and Groundwork for Manchester City Council West Gorton Community Park is the first of its kind in Greater Manchester. Informally titled the “sponge park” for its contribution in helping to tackle climate change, the  space is brimming with nature–based solutions that blend effortlessly as features in the landscape …

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Aura, great kneighton

Aura, Great Kneighton by Tate Hindle for Countryside Properties Aura is an example of how good new housing communities can be if a local authority put all their effort behind them and refuse to accept the disappointing norm. It is developed on land owned by Cambridge City Council who have been working for more than …

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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 ABA and HTA for client Countryside Properties and L&Q in 2011. The scheme re-connects the Estate to the wider neighbourhood with traditional tree-lined streets, a central urban square, unified by …

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Portobello Square

Portobello Square, London by PRP Architects for Kensington Housing Trust (part of the Catalyst Housing Group) PRP was appointed by Catalyst Housing Ltd. for the redevelopment of the estate through a masterplan proposal to include up to 1,000 new homes with affordable dwellings making up over 50% of the total. The design objectives were to …

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The Avenue in Saffron Walden

The Avenue by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects for Hill This  development inserts 76 new homes into a conservation area in a historic market town and preserves a lime-tree avenue and a listed water tower, creating a beautiful setting for popular homes. In addition to large detached houses, it includes affordable family houses and smaller homes …

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Hortham Village

Hortham Village by Barratt Homes The Hortham Village demonstrates how to create a place by simply retaining a large amount of existing landscape within the project boundary. A striking amount of mature large trees have been retained by creating a master plan around the existing site conditions. Despite a relatively standard housing architecture, the overall …

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