Rolls Crescent

ECD Architects, Manchester, 1997


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Hulme Estate 

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  • Hulme Estate    
  • Three bed house with bay window to first floor living room    
  • Three storey units accentuate the corners of each block    
  • Rooftop view    
  • Three-bedrom corner unit with roof terrace and double height top floor    
  • Two bed bungalow for wheelchair use    
  • Flats for wheelchair use    
  • Communal courtyard space    
  • First floor living room    
  • Kitchen/dining area in three-bed corner unit    
  • Site plan    
  • Three bed house plans    
  • Three bed house with roof terrace plans    
  • Accessible bungalows    
  • House section    
  • Working detail: Roof    
  • Working detail: Roof    

A mix of two and three-storey terraced housing that recreate the traditional street pattern with private gardens, enclosed courtyards and roof terraces

ECD Architects was appointed by North British Housing Association to design 67 family houses, forming part of the Hulme Regeneration Masterplan. Public involvement was a key consideration from the start and a series of structured interviews with local residents were held. Subsequently a design review group was established including representatives of the local community.

The scheme takes the form of three urban blocks creating a traditional street pattern, with entrances directly off the street. Various differing house types at two and three storeys are included, with three storey houses accentuating the corners of each block. Each house is provided with a private garden, and where the corner plots have small gardens, they are additionally provided with a roof terrace. Behind the private gardens at the centre of each block, is a landscaped communal space, exclusively for the use of residents.

The development was designed to achieve a high standard of energy efficiency, with typical heating costs of only £190 per household per annum. The scheme also complies with the BRE Environmental Standard and Secure by Design.


  • Begun: Dec 1995
  • Completed: Oct 1997
  • Floor area: 6,102m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £4.2M
  • Funding: The Housing Corporation in association with Hulme Regeneration; Manchester City Council
  • Procurement: JCT 1981 with Contractor's Design
  • Address: Rolls Cresent, Hulme, Manchester, M15, United Kingdom

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