Former Marfield Farm School, Redditch

PJA was appointed by Accord Group to provide highway and urban design advice for a new development on the site of the former Marfield Farm First School in Church Hill, Redditch.

This flagship development was completed in December 2013, built by Redditch Co-operative Homes, and was ranked amongst the country's top 50 affordable housing developments 2014.

The site has been transformed into a modern and innovative housing development comprising 79 homes and apartments, managed by a new housing co-operative.

The development, which was partially funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, includes 58 houses and 21 apartments for affordable rent and shared ownership. It also has allotment space for families to grow their own fruit and vegetables and is being run as
a co-operative, which means families manage the estate themselves.  

Published in Inside Housing magazine, the top 50 UK affordable housing developments were judged by leaders in the housing field, including Janet Askew, the vice president of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

PJA provided advice on the design of the residential streets, which were based on Manual for Streets principles, included a shared space and landscaped square in the centre of the
site (pictured).

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