Over the last 3 years, PJP have been heavily involved in a number of schemes which fall under Great Places Housing Group’s ‘Project 300’ masterplan which targets the delivery of 300 affordable homes in Greater Manchester. The use of standard house types, supply chain knowledge and construction coherence is intended to drive down the construction costs per unit enabling the delivery of more of these much in-demand new houses within Bolton. Despite the focus on cost, the approach has also enabled the team to produce innovative and contemporary housing within areas in dire need of investment.
Two of the larger schemes which are currently on site are Waggon Road (70 units) and Milnthorpe Road (44 units). Both are on former open areas of green space but have very different challenges in terms of design and layout. Waggon Road’s layout takes advantage of existing infrastructure, giving new, contemporary frontages to improve street elevations and add architectural diversity. The interventions are subtle with detailing around front doors, windows and on prominent corners adding to the complex nature of the surrounding tapestry of streets.
Milnthorpe Road is a former unclassified green space which has a number of ancient hedgerows on site, which were required to be retained and therefore the houses benefit from significant areas of open space between properties. In a highly sustainable location next to local amenities, a number of intimate cul-de-sacs have been created providing a variety of elevational treatments helping to establish a sense of place and ownership.