Ainsley Gommon Architects


Magenta Living





Date Completed

Spring 2015

Development Overview

Beckwith Street is a residential scheme of 18 no. new housing units for affordable rent for Magenta Living. The dwellings have been built on a land-locked site in Birkenhead, which formerly housed the Mapleholme care home that offered respite care for adults aged 18-65, and a separate detached house. Both of these buildings had become vacant so new housing was proposed for the site.

The project provides sixteen sustainably designed 2 bed houses, and two 2 bed bungalows. Each property is designed integrally with its own private amenity space and access to a secure shed. All units have off street parking.

The scheme is designed to achieve compliance with Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, Lifetime Homes and Housing Quality Indicators. The houses are also designed with a fabric first approach to avoid the need for additional renewable technologies. Sun pipes have been installed on internal landing areas to allow natural light in.

The elevations use brick with a contrasting blue brick for detailing the porches and boundary walls.

Proposed landscaping within the boundaries of the houses has included trees and shrubs selected from predominantly native species. Existing mature trees have been retained where possible. The external landscaping and planting enhances the streetscape and provides attractive private garden areas.