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Affordable housing of distinction.

THE design and delivery of affordable housing is a key aspect of Arcus Consulting's work. With 40 years of experience within the social housing sector, Arcus has gained an innate understanding of its clients needs.

It works closely with many registered social landlords, local authorities and contractors across the country providing a full range of design services from feasibility studies through to the regeneration of whole estates.

Arcus understands the fundamental relationship between design and construction but strives to break new ground with their clients - by being inventive not reactive. Its architects have working knowledge in the use of modern methods of construction and all aspects of sustainability that ensures the delivery of exceptional developments.

One such scheme recently completed is a striking development in Laureate Close, Hartlepool. The development, built on a former brownfield site, provides nine new bungalows for contemporary living and includes a fully DDA compliant bungalow unit.

The client, Housing Hartlepool created an ambitious brief for the project which clearly expressed its aspirations for a scheme that was very high quality in both design and environmental performance.

Arcus' response to the brief has been to combine high quality architecture with strong urban design principles to create a unique development with distinctive character. The dual pitch roof not only creates an interesting design feature, but also acts to provide natural light to the inner parts of the building through high level windows. All properties also benefit from secure cycle storage and off-street car parking. Internally the units exceed the minimum HQI standards with well designed and naturally lit spaces.

Rooms have been created to maximise natural lighting achieved through innovative window and ceiling designs. The depth of the ceiling is broken with custom designed roof trusses that have been exposed to create a sense of space whilst maintaining a feeling of warmth and privacy.

The scheme has impressive environmental credentials that include; a solar hot water system and high thermal efficiency and charging points for electric vehicles.

Sustainability was also top of the agenda. The bungalows are of a timber frame construction and timber cladding has been used for more than 50% of the development.

Stephen Bell of Hartlepool Housing said: "Laureate Close is a success due to its unique design and sustainable credentials. Arcus' collaborative approach during the design and construction phases set the stage for a highly successful development."

Arcus is also working with Hartlepool Housing on a new-build scheme at Easington Road in Hartlepool. They were appointed after winning a competition to design 68 new homes for sale and rent. The scheme is one of the first major housing developments in the country to fully adopt modern methods of construction and off-site manufacturing for all the properties.

When designing and delivering successful retrofit and affordable housing schemes, Arcus architects are able to draw upon the knowledge of a range of in-house experts including building surveyors, employer's agents, BREEAM and code for sustainability assessors, quantity surveyors, CDM co-ordinators and disability advisors.

For further information contact Bobby Chakravarthy on 0191 272 5781, email or visit


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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 26, 2010
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