Courtyard Housing

Patel Taylor, Barking and Dagenham, 2014


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The new homes were designed around a central courtyard 

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  • The new homes were designed around a central courtyard    
  • Each house is wrapped in an     
  • Courtyard Housing, Patel Taylor    
  • Courtyard Housing, Patel Taylor    
  • Courtyard Housing, Patel Taylor    
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  • Wood Lane, Patel Taylor    
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  • Wood Lane, Patel Taylor    
  • Typical one-bedroom plan    
  • Typical two-bedroom plan    
  • Typical two-bedroom unit    

A new estate of one and two-bedroom affordable homes suited to the needs of over-65s in Barking and Dagenham

The brief was to design one and two bedroom houses that should be affordable while being owned and managed by the borough. All were required to be fully wheelchair accessible and to comply with current national and local planning policy guidance, including the Local Development Framework, HCA Design Quality Standards, Lifetime Homes, Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and with the stipulation that 25 per cent of energy was to be provided by renewable sources.

All the residents of the new development have downsized from a larger property. A number have given three or four-bedroom houses back to the council and in some cases these have undergone adaptions. So different sectors of our community – the elderly, residents requiring family housing and those in need of an adapted property – are catered for by this development.

The homes have been built with residents’ future needs in mind. Should they at a later stage in their lives need to use a wheelchair, they will not need to leave home. As all properties are fully accessible, this will allow the resident to have full use of their home and give them a better quality of family life for the entire tenancy of the property.


  • Begun: Apr 2013
  • Completed: Jul 2014
  • Floor area: 3,845m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £7.3M
  • Procurement: Design and build
  • Address: Courtyard Housing, Wood Lane, Barking and Dagenham, RM8 1JX, United Kingdom

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