Does factory-built housing imply dull arrays of repetitive forms and facades?

If the business argument for prefabricated homes requires large amounts of repetition, the argument for relies on the ability of designers and planners to find ways of creating an appropriate sense of place. The articulation of raw elements to produce good spaces for living and bringing these units together into forms which have amenity and scale is vital. Building facades  can also have a major impact on the . With so many types of cladding now available the designer has the potential to create a unique identity for a building rather than merely mimic the neighbours.

The comprises just under 500 primarily, Council owned homes in Tilbury, Thurrock, within the Thames Gateway area.

The estate comprises a majority of two storey, flat roofed buildings forming terraces from the 1960s. This development of ten one-and two-bed flats on Tilbury’s Broadway Estate, as an assisted selfbuild scheme, focused on nurturing sustainable social capital. The intention behind the design was to develop a building and apartment typology which would appeal to young and would not attempt to replicate the predominant terrace typology. During construction young people were given the opportunity to on the site, learning skills alongside professional contractors. The three that completed the programme were  allocated reduced rent accommodation in return.

Broadway Estate, Tilbury - Developer: New Islington and Hackney Housing Association - Architect: Sergison Bates Architects - Contractor: Rooff Ltd

Broadway Estate,  Tilbury

Developer: New Islington

Architect: Sergison Bates

Contractor: Rooff Ltd

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