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In 2014,  Niven completed ‘The Steadings’, a 12 no. 2 and 3 bedroom affordable homes development based on the site of a former garage on the edge of the village of Scotton, near Bedale in North Yorkshire.

Developed by Endeavour Housing, the properties were designed to meet the criteria for the Codes for Sustainable and Lifetime Homes and latest energy efficiency targets to ensure they were easily adapted to suit changes to resident’s future needs.

There were a number of issues with this development regarding siting, access and materials which had significant implications for the budget and necessitated careful consideration. Sensitivity was also required regarding the choice of design and technical solutions as a result of the high number of objections from the local population due to the complex site location.

However, we were able to successfully create a rural feel to the development by working sympathetically with the surroundings in terms of scale, materials and landscaping. On completion, feedback from the Housing Association and the local population was extremely positive. The successful integration of this development into the village has been met with praise from local residents, many of whom had originally objected to the scheme at the planning stage.

 

Location: Scotton, North Yorkshire

Client: North Star Housing

Construction Value: £1.4M

Status: Completed 2014

Role: Architect

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