The Lynn Road scheme has created a delightful courtyard development from an unused part of former school playing fields.
The development is constrained on two sides by the existing tall garden wall of the old school and on one boundary by the existing lime trees bordering onto Lynn Mews. The new school playing fields enclose the development on the southern side.
The 3-storey rendered and cedar-clad block, providing 6 x 2-bed flats, creates the gateway into the site. The tall circular tower leads you into an attractive courtyard. As you enter the site you see a linear stepping, 3-storey block which draws the eye with its strong buttresses defining the entrances to each house. The block carries on stepping to a 2-storey wheelchair house and finally to a wheelchair bungalow. This form avoided overshadowing of the adjoining properties.
The combination of a yellow stock, red headers and high level timber cladding under a metal mono pitch roof creates a harmonious combination. The 3-storey houses on the southern side of the development again step down reducing their mass adjacent to the boundary. A similar pallet of materials has been used on this block.
These houses incorporate solar hot water which augments their hot water system. The buildings have been constructed using a highly insulated timber frame.