location: Grays, Essex
client: Thurrock Council
value: £10m (estimated)
service: RIBA Stages 1-3
Thurrock Council has embarked on a programme of direct house building to deliver new, high quality housing for rent and for private sale. The Council owns a former 2.5 ha allotments site at Belmont Road on the west side of Grays and has appointed TM Architects to design a scheme for new, mixed tenure houses.
The proposal arranges new houses in short terraces along new access roads or around the new central ‘green’. The new road extends two existing dead-end roads, linking them and allowing a better flow of traffic for existing residents. The development comprises 80 new houses ranging from 2 bed, single storey dwellings designed specifically for the elderly through to 4 bed family houses, all designed to be tenure-blind. The proposals have been revised through a series of public consultation sessions, resulting in the addition of another link road at the top of the existing streets with additional parking spaces for existing residents.
The houses are designed to meet the new national Technical Housing Standards as well as the Mayor of London’s latest Housing SPG to show the Council’s commitment to providing new homes of the highest quality. The proposals include a series of public open spaces which will provide shared amenity spaces for new and existing residents with a range of habitats for local wildlife and will incorporate sustainable urban drainage solutions.