The existing Friary Park estate was built for private sale in the 80s, but when the recession hit, it was adapted for use as social housing when the homes did not sell. It was never designed to be fully occupied and the homes are woefully small, expensive to heat and draughty. After extensive consultation with residents and an options appraisal, it was agreed that the best solution was to redevelop the estate to provide much larger and energy efficient homes fit for their purpose.
The revived estate will provide around 550 new homes with commercial and community space. A street based masterplan will better connect the site into the surrounding neighbourhood and will improve and expand the underused Friar’s Green space on the edge of the site to provide play and relaxation opportunities for the local community. Taller buildings are closer to the railway to the north, and the lower, more domestic buildings by the Edwardian houses behind. We have taken design cues from local mansion blocks, including more horizontal windows and brickwork with white details.
Redeveloping an estate to provide high quality homes alongside commercial, community and green spaces.