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client: Metropolitan Housing Partnership
contract value: £3.1m
completed: 2007

Winner of Smaller Housing Project at Inside Housing’s Sustainable Housing Awards 2008
Winner of The Mail British Homes Awards Affordable Housing Development of the Year 2008
Finalist Constructing Excellence Legacy Award for Sustainability 2008
Building for Life Gold Standard

Nine terraced, timber-frame family houses with gardens curve around parking and play areas shared with council housing. On a tight backland site, the strategy was to design using natural materials around existing mature trees. ATA proposed that this new street was named after the great writer Angela Carter many of whose novels and short stories are set in this area of South London.

The houses are of prefabricated timber frame, finished in a combination of renderboard and chestnut slats. Recycled newspaper insulation, sedum green roof and timber glazing reduce u-values and 90% of all timber used is Forest Stewardship Council Certified. Natural paints and low energy lighting were used throughout. Passive stack ventilation and A-rated boilers are supported by flat-plate solar collectors for hot water. Gardens are planted in native species like leadwort, and include lavender roofed bicycle sheds, bird and bat boxes.

Also part of this scheme was a masonry ‘villa’ adjacent to this site, which houses six new build flats built on this derelict and wooded backland site part of a conservation area.