Frankham was chosen to provide multi-disciplinary services on this development of 38 affordable dwellings, the first new housing to be built by Oxford City Council in 20 years. The scheme comprises a mix of flats, bungalows and family houses with a range of tenure options.
Frankham worked with Oxford City Council to achieve a high quality sustainable development at low cost, and ‘raised the bar’ to Code Level 4 at a time when Level 3 was the norm. Frankham identified ASHP as the preferred solution to achieve the Code Level 4 energy requirements, with living rooms generally placed on the south facing front aspect. Other elements that were critical to achieving Code Level 4 included the selection of materials, which included a closed panel timber frame system for the main construction, interlocking plain clay tiles for the roof, and a low maintenance proprietary timber cladding system.
The architectural design achieved two key objectives, firstly it eschews the typical image of social housing, and secondly it provides generous, well proportioned accommodation within a relatively narrow plot width, thereby achieving a higher density development.