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The Courtyards, Dovedale Avenue, Preston


For this project we developed an underused suburban site to provide 60 affordable homes for older residents with varying care needs. Homes meet all the HAPPI recommendations and are fully accessible as well as wheelchair adaptable. Sliding doors assist those with mobility issues and large storage areas can be found inside for wheelchairs and scooters.

The apartments blur the boundaries between private and communal space, encouraging residents to take ownership of shared areas and facilitate interaction. The large central courtyard is an active focal point and features raised planting beds to instigate communal gardening.

For more details, read our Project Story.

Project Details:

Putting each principle of the HAPPI report into practice to provide 60 independent living homes for affordable rent and communal facilities for people over the age of 55 with varying care needs.

Client: Community Gateway Association

Construction Value: £9m

Completion: 2021

Location: Preston


  • Northern Housing Awards 2022, Supported/Sheltered Housing Scheme of the Year: Winner
  • Housing Design Awards 2022, Completed: Shortlisted
  • Northern Design Awards 2022, Best Residential Development: Finalist

Image: Tom Biddle