Housing – Bradlands Close, Marston, Oxford

Housing
Client:
Bouygues UK / Oxford City Council
Contract Value:
£5.5 million
Services:
Architecture

Bradlands is a new development of 49 flats for older people located in Old Marston, Oxford.

Bradlands is a new development of 49 flats for older people located in Old Marston, Oxford. The development replaces existing substandard supported accommodation, and forms part of a larger program of works by Oxford City Council to deliver 112 new homes across the city.

Aspect is an important consideration in any sheltered scheme and the stepped arrangement of the plan is designed to optimise on the southerly aspect and ensure that apartments on the North elevation enjoy early morning and evening sun. All of the proposed apartments benefit from full height picture windows to the lounge and bedroom. While the apartments are generally deep plan arrangement, there is a fixed light ‘porthole’ window between the kitchen and the communal areas. Through these and other design innovations we have embodied the ethos and best practice of the ‘HAPPI’ (Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation) report.

The scheme is designed to Code Level 5, with a roof designed to optimise the use of solar PV panels.