Selwyn Street

Oldham

Selwyn Street

This first development under the Oldham Rochdale Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder is also the first Building for Life Gold Standard winner in the North West region.

The scheme replaces houses and flats built in 1986, which had destroyed the 19th century street pattern and suffered security and access problems, making them hard to let.

Demographic change has produced demand for larger units in the area, so these 18 high quality new homes in two parallel terraces built for large families are suited to the needs of the local community.

Sited along two streets with a sharp change of level, in an area of small terraced houses which are often overcrowded, the project reinstates the urban pattern while internal layouts acknowledge the changing demographics of the area. The unusually wide fronted houses also utilise renewable energy.

The new housing brings over 100 new residents into the area and the creation of a pocket park from nearby neglected open space, formerly the site of old terrace housing, has contributed to local amenity provision.

Key information

Location

Oldham

Region

North West

Awards

2006 winner