Chorlton Park has been described as a classic demonstration of value for money.
This development on the outskirts of Manchester has not only futuristic energy efficiency, but sophisticated planning, and a modern aesthetic. With a density of 108 dwellings per hectare, and built at a cost of £650sq.m (£60sq.ft) (2002) and selling at £1800sq.m (£167sq.ft) (2002), these dwellings are aimed at first-time buyers, who buy a share of the equity and pay rent on the rest.
This was a heavily contaminated piece of land, which was excavated to provide 100% undercroft parking. The three storeys of one and two bedroomed flats follow the general height of adjacent buildings, with four larger duplexes adding height to the main frontage. The two blocks of accommodation enclose a landscaped garden. The flats are accessed from short walkways and the economical but generous space is orientated to maximise views and daylight. Movable screens on the timber balconies offer privacy and sun protection.