Housing alternative will be the main project of semester two. This project is an extension from Skills in Urban Regeneration module in semester one. This project will be working on Science Central site and taking all the vision, concept and idea from semester one. Semester two will focusing more on housing and redesign based on the technical aspect related on housing. There are three major housing type we will take into consideration in this project, which are Co-housing, live-work typology and life cycle home. A few site visit about different housing typology will being conducted throughout the project.
First of all, we had a site visit to two sustainable housing project to start off this project. We visited the Mailings in Ouseburn and Sinclair meadows in South Shield. The purpose of this site visit is to examine the design quality of the housing area with the Building for Life 12 ( BFL ) tools.
Figure 1: Site Visit to Sinclair Meadows (Taken By Author, 2017)
After grading both case studies with BFL, I would like to point out some point of view about the case studies and the use of the tool. For example, meeting local housing requirements. Although both site provide very different style of housing and ownership, but both work perfectly well for the site.
Mailings provide comprehensive mix of different housing types which provide 2 and 3 bedroom with different arrangements. None affordable housing being provided but is it arguable it surrounding context provided sufficient amount of affordable housing.
Figure 2: Housing in The Mailings, Ouseburn (Taken By Author, 2017)
Sinclair Meadows provide a mix of apartment and housing for 2 and 3 people. Due to all of the tenure in the site is for rent in a relatively cheap price. Whoever want to live in this site need to meet all the requirement and sign a contract to agree to live in a low impact live style.
Figure 3: Housing in Sinclair Meadows, South Shields (Taken By Author, 2017)
Thought about the tools
I personally think that some point of the tools is not clear enough to examine the design quality of the project. For example, easy to find your way around. Sinclair Meadows, which only have a road is easy to find your way around it, but what it proven is just Sinclair Meadows is a small project. It does not have much relationship about the design quality of the project.
To conclude this blog, I have given mark according to BFL for both housing project. I personally more prefer Sinclair Meadows housing project and given it a score of 10 out of 12 and 7 out of 12 for Mailings.
Figure 4: Comparing BFL of Sinclair Meadows and The Milings, (Created By Author, 2017)
- Figure 1: Site Visit to Sinclair Meadows (Taken By Author, 2017)
- Figure 2: Housing in The Mailings, Ouseburn (Taken By Author, 2017)
- Figure 3: Housing in Sinclair Meadows, South Shields (Taken By Author, 2017)
- Figure 4: Comparing BFL of Sinclair Meadows and The Milings, (Created By Author, 2017)