An innovative approach to providing future residents with a big say in the design and layout of their homes is one of the key features of a major £200m estate regeneration project in Essex. Almost half of the properties on the 560 home mixed-tenure Beechwood West development can be personalised by their future occupants.
All the homes will be built offsite, and the residents will be able to select their preferred size, layout and specification, and add an additional room in the roof and/or a conservatory.
The project forms part of the wider regeneration of the 1960’s Craylands Estate, and is being co-ordinated by the Swan Housing Association, working in partnership with Basildon Borough Council, Essex County Council and the HCA. Swan’s private sector housing company, NU Living commissioned architects Pollard Thomas Edwards and BPTW to design the custom build housing element of the scheme.
As we have illustrated already in the toolkit, the scheme provides an excellent example of linking local estate regeneration ambitions with custom build housing objectives.
Work is expected to start on the first homes early in 2017. The homes will be constructed using a cross laminated timber system in a new factory that will be provided in Basildon.