What can be learned from the mixed housing development of Derwenthorpe?
Those most closely involved in the award-winning scheme – a partnership between the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and David Wilson Homes – share their thoughts and identify key lessons for other home-builders, including:
- building on-site, life-sized prototype houses so technical ideas and layouts can be tested;
- splitting the project into phases to allow residents to give feedback, which can influence the design of future homes;
- investing in infrastructure and landscaping early so potential house-buyers see the neighbourhood, rather than a building site, which makes sales easier;
- working with residents and having the courage to change things that have not worked as well as anticipated.
Read more about Derwenthorpe on the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust website.