Todlaw Housing

Oliver Chapman Architects, Duns, 2008


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View of sheltered walkway 

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  • View of sheltered walkway    
  • View of shared services building    
  • Larch-clad facade    
  • Gabled entrances features a deep recess, creating a sheltered patio    
  • Entrance from street to housing    
  • Each building has two larch elevations, and two where the slate runs down to the ground    
  • The houses are linked by footpaths    
  • Buildings in context    
  • Larch-clad facades feature recessed drainage and openings    
  • All interior spaces were designed for a 2m wheelchair turning circle    
  • Looking out from an interior of a house along sheltered walkway    
  • Interior, bedroom    
  • Aerial view    
  • House Type A Plan    
  • Shared Service building Plan    
  • Shared Service building section    
  • Eaves detail    

Cluster of 14 semi-detached houses and a shared services facility for people with disabilities, around a quiet street

Todlaw Housing is an accommodation solution for disabled people to follow a housing model rather than that of an institutional care home.

The houses are set out around a ‘tartan grid’ which creates a varying relationship between houses and the road. Some houses are set back further from the road than the convention, whilst others are set close to the road edge. There is also a mixture of gables and eaves adjacent to the road which adds to the streetscape character. The commonly understood character of a home is created by designing duo pitched roof form with gables at either end.

OCA’s urban design framework for the surrounding area aims to ensure that the care facility will integrate into areas of future social and private housing.


  • Begun: Aug 2007
  • Completed: Jun 2008
  • Sectors: Residential, Healthcare
  • Total cost: £1.4M
  • Procurement: SBCC JCT 2005
  • CO2 Emissions: 39kg/m2/year
  • Address: Todlaw Housing, Station Road, Duns, TD11 3GA, United Kingdom

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