Research & Writing

We don't just design buildings, we set standards, shape opinion and contribute to books and papers, guidelines and reports. Our work has been in press and it's helped influence government thinking. Our efforts are directed towards making policy more practical and effective, campaigning for quality and fairness, finding creative ways to solve specific problems, and reflecting on lessons learned from 50 years in practice.

  • Design Guides

NHF Housing Standards Handbook

The National Housing Federation describes itself as the voice of affordable housing in England and part of its role has always been to promote good design and champion standards. Housing is... Read more

  • Design Guides

New Council Housing in Enfield

It’s been almost fifty years since we last saw large-scale ‘council-built housing’. From the 70’s this role effectively passed to housing associations, but following changes to borrowing restrictions, many local... Read more

  • Books/Reports

Superdensity: The Sequel

As the scope and concentration of development in London continues to rise, we see an increase from ‘superdensity’ to what we have dubbed ‘hyperdensity’ – surpassing 350 homes per hectare.... Read more

  • Books/Reports

Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (HAPPI)

This report considers how to best address the challenge of providing homes that meet the needs and aspirations of the older people of the future. A thirteen-member panel, chaired by Lord... Read more

  • Housing Policy

Non-Mainstream Housing Design Guidance

Alongside PRP Architects, we carried out a thorough review of design guidance for all types of specialised housing. Rather than limiting our search to just older persons and supported housing –... Read more