Trafford Design Code

Type, Form and Profile

Plan and Layout


Elevation and Proportion

Materials and Detail

Parking and Garages

Threshold and Boundaries


Materials and Detail


The materials used and detailing of the building envelope should take cues from the surrounding area, referencing the historic surroundings where possible. A considered material palette will help ground the building in its context. Careful use of materials and detailing is needed in all proposals to ensure outcomes complement the surroundings. The use of natural materials in a limited palette is generally encouraged, with brick used as the predominant building material. 


Opportunities to enrich the design of the building through articulation and detailing should be considered and cues taken from the surrounding vernacular where appropriate.

Features of housing materials and detail

Chimney; Exaggerated chimney detail extending vertically at each gable end 

Façade; strong symmetry to the façade with brick detailing surrounding window and horizontal brick banding

Bay Windows; the symmetrical bay windows create a hierarchy of features

Form and Scale; Form and dimensions of each building is defined by relationship to the street and surroundingbuildings/spaces

Roof; Slate tile roof, sometimes with gables with ornate brick or rainwater detail

Porch; central location to create symmetry and deliver defined and ornate threshold



Form and Scale






Bay windows





Recessed doors and windows


Window surround details in Trafford

Modern recessed window details


Reference Local building materials

Examples of referencing building materials used in local context

Browse local building materials in Trafford


Roof materials and details

Examples of referencing building materials used in local context

Common roof materials and detail

Modern roof details

Materials and Details Case Studies

Timekeepers Square

by Buttress Architects for Muse Developments The development is located in the Adelphi/Bexley Square Conservation Area and the primary aim of the site was to

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Calais Street

Calais Street, Lambeth by PRP Architects for Pinnacle Regeneration Group Fronting the historic park and within the Minet Conservation area, the approved scheme comprises of

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Fairways View

Fairway View by Calderpeel Architects for Cube Homes The houses in Prestwich, Manchester display good use and balance of robust materials that are appropriate to

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Somerbrook Homes

by Stonewood Design for Stonewood Homes This new development in Wiltshire of 38 homes displays a harmonious mixed palette of materials with a similar muted

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Home by Home

by MCGONIGLEMCGRATH Architects This project is one of 2 proposed Homes from Home for Clic Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young

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Brownstones Houses

Brownstone Houses by Knox Bhavan Architects A pair of beautifully crafted new London Brownstone houses set within an Edwardian terrace in North Dulwich. A combination

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