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Case studies

Hundreds of examples of how high quality design affects our lives every day, with expert evaluations of what works and what doesn't in each case.

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  • Ashley Vale Self Build Development, Bristol

    An impressive self-build project of 20 plots built over a former scaffold yard. It has a distinct character with a mix of scales, architectural styles and materials, and pleasant public spaces. Bounded by railway lines, allotments and a nature reserve, for a city site it has a rural feel.

  • Stonebridge Hillside Hub, Harlesden, London

    Stonebridge Hillside Hub crowns 14 years of regeneration on the Stonebridge Estate in north-west London. It provides 59 mixed-tenure apartments in a popular public building which brings together residential, community and commercial use.

  • Fairfield Park, Stotfold, Bedfordshire

    A large former hospital site has been transformed to create 1,200 homes with facilities that include a school and playing fields. Fairfield Park is a high-quality development built by eight different housebuilders following a coherent design code.

  • Stanmore Place, Harrow, London

    Stanmore Place – a high-density scheme of 196 homes – stands out from its suburban neighbourhood. A large lake and lush planting deals with flood risk from the Edgware Brook and the avoidance of on-street parking adds to its attractiveness.

  • St Andrew's, Bromley-by-Bow, London

    The first phase of St Andrew’s, a residential-led scheme close to the London 2012 Olympic venue, provides 194 homes rises above the standard of many high-density regeneration developments and creates a real sense of place.

  • Cargo, Millbay, Plymouth

    Cargo is an imaginative scheme for 134 homes that works cleverly with its surroundings in a challenging locality. The mix of business space with residential use will support regeneration of the area.

  • be: Newhall, Harlow, Essex

    be: Newhall is the latest phase in a development commissioned by an enlightened landowner working with a strong masterplan and an urban designer. The terrace housing has a distinctive courtyard design, and reflects local traditions such as Essex barn structures and materials.

  • Cometa, Kingsmead Road, High Wycombe

    Cometa is a distinctive, contemporary response to a small, suburban infill site. The 12 homes have strong architectural quality, exploit views well and are light and airy. The scheme makes a positive contribution to the local character and to the street scene.

  • Water Colour, Redhill, Surrey

    Exceptionally strong landscaping sets this scheme apart. It creates a series of attractive public spaces and gives the development of 523 homes a distinctive character.

  • Barking Central, Barking, London

    Barking Central is a development that adds up to more than the sum of its parts. Delivered through a public-private partnership, it has transformed the heart of Barking, east London, by creating a truly civic space around the existing town hall and library.