Ainsley Gommon Architects

Client

Derwen Cymru & Pobl

Location

Newport, South Wales

Value

Undisclosed

Date Completed

Planning Approved & Tender Stage

Development Overview

Clevedon Road is an affordable housing development of 17 apartments and one bungalow for Derwen Cymru, a South Wales based housing association dedicated to providing accommodation for people over the age of 55. The site is located within an established residential area of Newport and is bounded by existing properties, having been left vacant since the demolition of prefabricated bungalows around 10 years ago.

Largely triangular in shape, the site slopes down from the northern boundary, wrapping around an existing detached house in private ownership and linking through to a smaller rectangular parcel of land. The design maximises the potential of the fragmented nature of the site and provides a mix of development types including a bungalow set back from the road and four walk-up flats in two blocks which face onto the road and continue the existing street scene. A larger apartment building at the rear of the site comprising of 13 two bed flats has a central lift and stair enclosure and a shared residents lounge on the first floor.

A mix of one, two and three storey development, the scheme has been carefully designed to maximise the potential of the site whilst being sensitive to the privacy of surrounding neighbours. Building masses have been positioned to avoid direct overlooking, and balconies and terraced areas incorporate privacy screens to protect the amenity spaces of the neighbouring properties. Although modern in design, the scheme has taken design cues for the local area including bay windows, hipped roofs and similar materials.