Ainsley Gommon Architects


Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd


Tywyn, Gwynedd



Date Completed

Spring 2018

Development Overview

Pen Morfa is a new housing development of five affordable two bedroom homes in the seaside town of Tywyn. The new homes are situated on unused built up ground at the end of the existing Pen Morfa housing estate and introduces modern affordable housing with higher space standards to support the local need.

The scale and layout of the scheme is designed to be sensitive to the local context and create a positive streetscape that corresponds with the existing surrounding housing estate and the adjacent railway line. An improved amenity space to the southern end of the houses with new planting will increase the biodiversity and ecology of the site.

Orientation has been carefully considered, with living rooms to new dwellings orientated to the south where possible to benefit from passive solar gain and maximise the benefits of natural light, reducing the need for artificial lighting. Each house has direct access to a private outdoor garden space and overlook their own car parking space to act as natural surveillance.

The homes are a mix of an off-white render finish combined with dressed stone gables which are sympathetic to the local building style. The scheme is located on slightly elevated land and due to the level changes, ramps are provided to create level access to each property, while there are a number of more direct stepped access routes from the car parking spaces to the front doors of each dwelling.

The scheme started on site in Spring 2017 and is being constructed by local Contractors Chesworth Brothers.