Virginia Mews Housing, Southport
Housing regeneration scheme for volume housebuilder, combining an equal mix of market and affordable housing housing to meet local needs. A well attended public exhibition and liaison with the local authority ensured local community voices were heard.
- A former factory, this was a defined regeneration site at the edge of Southport town centre, bounded by a railway line and established Edwardian housing.
- The mix of housing was important and there was considerable contact with the local community to discuss the mix of tenures and on the approach to design and layout. The centrepiece was a well attended public exhibition where the local community was encouraged to engage with members of the project team on all aspects of the development.
- A good example of a mixed tenure housing development that responds well to the urban context in which it is set. Latent demand for smaller market housing was met by around half the scheme. The balance of the housing was geared towards meeting the local authority target for a substantial amount of affordable housing.
- Scheme was designed to meet the difficult challenges of a long street frontage and an interface with the railway.
- Cass Associates worked closely with the client’s in-house team to maximise the site’s development potential and extensive negotiations with the local authority were required to achieve a solution which was satisfactory to both the authority and the client.
Services provided: Planning, Masterplanning, Architecture