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client: L & Q Housing Association
contract value: 1.3 million
completed: 2010

An assisted self build project for young people in housing need was developed in Lewisham, inspired by a local youth worker who saw how self build could develop both skills and self esteem in the young people he was working with.

The project found support across the community and ATA were appointed in 2005 to develop the scheme with the project team. A site was identified by LB Lewisham Housing, a group of young people provided a sounding board for design ideas, consultation with local residents identified the current problems with the site and initiated a new approach to site design, L & Q are the Housing Association partner, and planning permission was granted in 2007.

The development provides 10 flats for the young people with large shared garden, and 3 houses for general needs rent.

A curved row of flats finishes the end of the existing cul-de-sac, constructed in well insulated masonry construction and with a seedum roof. Overhanging roof and balconies provides shading to the south facing rooms, kitchens and living rooms overlook the shared garden.

ATA provided detailed design to the contractor. Young people were trained at Construction College since 2008 and on site with the contractor. ATA provided workshops on the detailed design process for the young people who have input into the detailed design of their homes.