Partnership working at Derwenthorpe: are there lessons for the industry?

David Taylor

What can be learned from the mixed housing development of Derwenthorpe?

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.

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