Ainsley Gommon Architects


Cobalt Housing


Gillmoss, Liverpool



Date Completed

On site

Development Overview

Parkstile Lane is a development of 12 no. houses and 12 no. flats for affordable rent. The dwellings have been developed on a vacant site which had previously formed part of the grounds for a primary school.

The site is a triangular piece of land at the junction of Stonebridge Lane and Parkstile Lane in Gillmoss. It borders public space to the North, which has seen vast improvement works over the recent years, including a new river walk adjacent to the recently diverted River Alt. The design provides modern houses that fit well within the surrounding context.

The layout is an ‘inward’ facing scheme dictated by the shape of the land. The new road is accessed from Parkstile Lane and is situated in the centre the scheme. It essentially splits the site in two serving the houses to the North and the flats to the South.

The dwellings, which comprise of two storey houses and two storey flats, have a generous floor area. The one bed flats are designed to offer future adaptation and convert into 2 bed 3 person flats with minimal alteration by the occupants. The houses and flats are also designed to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, Housing Quality Indicators, Lifetime Homes and Secured by Design. The elevations incorporate a contrasting brick and render finish with artstone surrounds to windows. All units incorporate in-curtilage parking spaces.

Landscaping within the site includes trees and shrubs selected from predominantly native species. The external landscaping and planting enhances the streetscape and provides attractive private garden areas.