Margam Project

Victoria Avenue Social Housing

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The site for this development of 5 2/3-bed houses and 10 2-bed flats is a brownfield site in the Victoria Park area of Ebbw Vale. The site is in the Festival Park, developed as part of the 1992 Garden Festival, which included case study houses. Since the festival, housing has been developed across the area, typically red brick and render houses, in a mix of terraced, semi-detached and detached properties.

The corner site is prominent within the Victoria Park area and builds on the legacy of the festival site to provide quality social housing. The festival park and the garden city were designed with emphasis on green space, to which houses formed the backdrop. This legacy is reinforced through a ribbon of green space with terraces creating a strong sense of enclosure. Roof pitches are oriented to allow renewable energy sources to be used.

House types are derived from the traditional valleys terraced housing. The principles of the vernacular have been adapted to meet current needs and the needs of the site. The materials used reference both the surrounding houses and the traditions of terraced housing. White render is combined with the traditions of slate roofi ng and hanging to derive a contemporary vernacular palette of materials. The use of bold colours as seen in vernacular housing creates a sense of personalisation and uniqueness to standard house types.

The project is one of several housing schemes that were developed through a WAG KEF CIRP funded research project investigating Modern Methods of Construction in Wales (MMC:Wales).

Client : Melin Homes
Programme: 2006-

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