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Bourbon Lane

White City, London

Developing affordable housing through a unique Anglo-French collaboration with valuable lessons about attitudes towards housing density in England.

In 2003 CABE enabling helped with an architectural competition to select British and French architects to design affordable housing in White City. This was part of an initiative with the Direction de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (DAPA) in France to share best practice from the two countries and encourage cross cultural working.

The Bourbon Lane competition site is adjacent to the Westfield shopping centre and was included as part of the section 106 agreement with developers Chelsfield. The housing association client, Octavia Housing and Care, worked closely with CABE enabling to select the winning team of Cartwright Pickard and B+C Architectes.

This team of British and French architects took an imaginative approach to create an attractive and functional development of 78 homes. The Anglo-French collaboration brought fresh ideas to an interesting problem – how to design homes next to a 10 metre high shopping centre.

Bourbon Lane was completed in 2007 and met the Building for Life Gold standard.