The British Homes Awards


Sheltered housing is a sector that is often overlooked when it comes to design, but living spaces are particularly important to tenants’ lives. The judges praised the sensitive design of this sheltered housing scheme and declared it a clear winner. Designed by Duggan Morris Architects, the scheme comprises 12 self-contained residential units with semi-communal internal spaces and landscaped external spaces and lawns. The development was delivered as part of Hillingdon council’s rehousing scheme, won in competitive tender by Look Ahead Housing + Care and managed on a day to day basis by Ability Housing Association. The scheme was designed to exacting requirements and has been detailed to allow for future flexibility to respond to tenant needs. Additional units can be installed into open plan internal spaces if required, and hollow panels above door openings can be removed to allow for the future installation of pulley and winch systems. The development adopts a long low profile of two asymmetric wings joined at right angles. At the junction of the wings, there is a clearly identified, recessed main entrance with full height, full width frameless glass panelling which opens onto a double height void finished in mustard yellow. Externally, the scheme is finished in brick with terracotta roof tiles, both in rust coloured brown. The exterior draws its reference from a nearby grade 2 listed Arts and Crafts building by Edward Prior. But the contemporary idiom makes its mark in the form of large panels of glass, some incorporated as cantilevered box bays, located in a loose rhythm to break up the building mass. The junction between wall face and roof is expressed with a continuous recessed gutter, acting as an oversized shadow gap that extends up over the gable ends. Internal spaces have a very contemporary feel. Each unit is simply furnished with open plan living/kitchen space, a large disabled bathroom and double bedroom. Living rooms and bedrooms have full height windows and upper floors are fitted with projecting bays, creating a niche where the tenant can sit and enjoy the landscape.


Duggan Morris Architects
Unit 1 Zeus House
16-30 Provost Street
N1 7NG
Tel: 020 7549 1780
Contact: Mary Duggan


Look Ahead Housing + Care
1 Derry Street
W8 5HY
Tel: 0207 937 1166
Contact: Victoria Stark