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Review: High density housing

Review: High density housing

Oxford's Barns Road development has a striking curved frontage, but more attention could have been given to streetscape and the main road, finds Sarah Murray.


Coming up: Approval for Birmingham's New Garden Square

Coming up: Approval for Birmingham's New Garden Square

Mixed use development to the west of the city centre will combine office, housing and retail space with a series of gardens.

Opinion: Consumers cry out for better designed homes

Opinion: Consumers cry out for better designed homes

A recent survey by finance firm Market Financial Solutions UK reinforced the message that UK adults do not want to live in new housing developments. Previous surveys suggested that the proportion of people not prepared to live in a speculative new builds was between 67 per cent and 75 per cent. The latest one comes in at 81 per cent.

Case study: Creating identity in a new community

Case study: Creating identity in a new community

Developer Knight Dragon is working hard to transform the Greenwich Peninsula site into a place by combining homes with art, meanwhile uses and varied architecture, finds Josephine Smit.

Coming up: OK for Meadowhall extension

Coming up: OK for Meadowhall extension

Sheffield City Council approves leisure hall for dining and entertainment to allow shopping centre to broaden its offer.

Review: Mixed use in an industrial area

Review: Mixed use in an industrial area

East London's Stone Studios provides affordable workspace and a local centre, but its public space merits more attention to increase its potential for events, finds Ruth Richardson.

Coming up: Oldham theatre gets green light

Coming up: Oldham theatre gets green light

Mecanoo-designed new home for Oldham Coliseum is the latest element in growing cultural quarter in Oldham town centre.

Need to know: HCA appoints designers for Northstowe homes

Need to know: HCA appoints designers for Northstowe homes

Proctor & Matthews produce detailed design for first homes to be delivered by Homes and Communities Agency as it trials direct commissioning.

Coming up: Mixed use scheme for sensitive York site

Coming up: Mixed use scheme for sensitive York site

A site just inside York's historic city walls is to be redeveloped with a scheme combining homes, commercial space and a public realm to fit its setting.

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