• Architecture
  • Housing



CASPAR, City-centre Apartments for Single People at Affordable Rents, is an initiative developed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to demonstrate that a reasonable financial return can be derived from such housing.

A competition sponsored by the Foundation sought proposals that kept costs to a minimum whilst providing high standards at affordable rents. Our winning solution centred on the design of prefabricated units that were quickly assembled to fully construct the building just 36 weeks from site possession. 46 unsubsidised one and two bedroom apartments are provided in a single semi-circular building, responding to the sloping site and nearby Victorian buildings. Its bold style also dramatically signals the northern gateway into Leeds city centre. Sustainable design elements include triple glazing, enhanced thermal insulation and a heat recovery ventilation system.

Project Details:

A competition winning design solution centred on prefabricated construction to create high quality affordable housing.

Client: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Construction Value: £2m

Completion: 2001

Location: Leeds


  • Civic Trust Awards 2002: Finalist
  • RIBA Awards 2001: Winner
  • Housing Design Awards 1999: Winner
  • RIBA/DETR Housing Award 1999: Recipient

Image: Nick Hufton