Built to Last?

Attitudes to ageing homes vary around the world An English country cottage in Devonshire I’ve just upgraded from an 84-year to a 999-year lease on my apartment. To put that in historical context imagine my London mansion block had been built by the Saxons during the reign of Ethelred the Unready – we’d now be […]

Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI)

Launched on 3rd of December 2009 by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), in partnership with Communities and Local Government (CLG) and the Department of Health, the HAPPI (Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation) report calls for positive action in response to the UK’s ageing population. With the number of over 60 year-olds projected […]

European Eco-Town Research

NEW RESEARCH REVEALS SUCCESSFUL EUROPEAN MODELS HOLD THE KEY TO UK ECO-TOWN DEVELOPMENT Research group identifies 4 overriding principles to facilitate success of eco-towns European exemplar schemes all demonstrate 6 critical success factors under broad themes relating to connectivity, community, climate change, character, cash flow and collaboration Research group identifies 29 steps to improve success […]

Building for Life

This award is for residential and mixed use developments which achieve a high benchmark of quality across a wide range of areas. Run by Design for Homes, CABE the Home Builders Federation and with EP and the Housing Corporation involvement, developers, architects and masterplanners enter schemes throughout the year. To find out more, see:

Car Parking: What works where?

An easy to use guide to help urban designers, masterplanners, architects and highways engineers to design parking efficiently into the street scene. This is the most popular piece of research on English Partnerships website. CLICK HERE to order a copy.

High Density Residential Developments: A Good Practice Guide

Levitt Bernstein and Design for Homes Publication for Northern Ireland Housing Executive This Good Practice Guide makes a welcome contribution to discussions around delivering quality housing and meeting housing need through high density residential developments. It will also hopefully act as a catalyst for continued innovative and creative discussion around achieving success in this area. […]

Recommendations for Living at Superdensity

Schemes of between 150 and 500 homes per hectare are becoming increasingly common but are the right precautions being designed in? Design for Homes, HTA, Levitt Bernstein, Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects and PRP have produced the report, which for super density schemes recommends:     Make context the primary issue for determining schemes     Provide some […]

Perceptions of Privacy and Density

A unique piece of research looking at residents’ thoughts on SPACE, SECURITY, SOUND and SAFETY and across a range of housetypes from regency to MMC. Overview of Privacy & Density Research Findings Intrusion of privacy in the English home for most people means hearing or being heard by the neighbours. This is usually caused by […]

Housing Design Awards 2005/06/07/08/09/10

Design for Homes manages the Housing Design Awards. Each year we produce a full colour publication, typically of 70 pages, including introductory essays and full details of all the winning schemes. To order copies of the current and previous years books please CLICK HERE.

End of Winter

Towards the butt end of winter, when nature starts an Advent calendar-like countdown to spring with catkins, bulbs, swelling buds and then green shoots, I start musing about why new-build often fails to exploit planting. What is the point of dedicating areas of greensward to roam if the houses themselves are lost to a sea […]