Ainsley Gommon Architects


Cobalt Housing


Croxteth, Liverpool



Date Completed

Summer 2022

Development Overview

Altbridge is a residential development of 33 no. houses and 24 no. flats for affordable rent. The dwellings were developed on a site which had lay empty for years following on from the demolition of the 3 tower blocks it previously housed. The site is at the edge of the Stonedale estate in Croxteth and sits adjacent to the busy East Lancashire Road.

The scheme provides much needed family homes for the area ranging from 1 bedroom flats to 5 bedroom houses. The dwellings have been designed to meet the M4(2) accessibility requirements of the building regulations with some properties achieving the higher M4(3) specification. National space standards have also been achieved allowing the homes to have generous floor areas.

The layout creates attractive cul-de-sacs with ones of them including a pedestrian link to the bus stop on the East Lancashire Road which now benefits the rest of the estate.

The design provides modern dwellings utilising brick elevations and accent window frames, which blends in with the palette of existing nearby materials.

A landscaped buffer surrounding the site has been retained and has been enhanced as part of the site works and which has improved the visual amenity and biodiversity.

A landscaping scheme has been implemented with trees and shrubs selected from predominantly native species. The external landscaping and planting has enhanced the streetscape and provides attractive private garden areas and communal areas.