Ainsley Gommon Architects


Pennaf Housing Group with Wrexham County Borough Council


Caia Park, Wrexham


£2 million

Date Completed

Autumn 2015

Development Overview

Glan Gors affordable housing development is a partnership scheme between Pennaf Housing Group and Wrexham County Borough Council. A briefing process carried out between these parties produced a housing mix that responds to the local accommodation needs for the area. As a result the scheme consists of fifteen general needs houses and eight walk-up apartments. These provide much needed good quality, affordable homes located on an underused part of the playing field next to Coed Aben Road within the Caia Park community in Wrexham.

The new dwelling arrangement reflects a considered approach towards the site condition and urban context. The chosen mix of house types helps to create a varied, positive streetscape down Coed Aben and along the new access path fronting the playing field. Staggered elevations, variable massing and changes in height have produced a scheme which gives architectural variety and interest while breaking away from the repetitive linear blocks that currently exist in the area. By orientating many of the new houses to look over the green this creates a housing layout which interacts with the public space rather than ‘turning its back on it.’

A new adoptable access road enters the site at the south-east corner with a change in the surface material and tightening of junction radii at the centre to reduce vehicle speeds and enhance the safety of pedestrians and cyclists within the development.