Let’s hear it for the terrace

September 26th, 2010

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We need a type of housing that can be built en masse without scaring the locals, which will blend into town or village be it private or council housing and solve the housing shortage. I know, let’s call it the terrace. Each one will have a front and back garden, three bedrooms and a loft for storage space not an unnecessary fourth bedroom. A downstairs toilet, one bathroom not two and adequate storage space for a family.

Let’s build them everywhere, in brick or stone to suit the area, in the vernacular style. Not concrete estates, they’re a failed model, not poky flats in blocks, they’re a failed model, not tower blocks, ditto, just three bed semis and terraced to suit the area and not detached houses with too much land on large car friendly only suburbs but terraced at a density to stay within walking distance of the town or village centre and room for one car parked on the street outside.

The thing is people like them, they’re not hard to look at, they can be built in many different materials to suit the area. They don’t have to be built as estates they can be built as a single street and still look good. It is a form that has survived 150 years at least and proved its worth. Modernism has failed by and large. The dense blocks are only for inner cities so let’s celebrate the terrace and solve the housing shortage.


Herbert Tayler obituary from the Guardian March 13th 2000



The first phase of the plan, which is likely to start on site in 2013, will be the “family neighbourhood” between the velodrome and the athletes’ village. About 400 terraced houses will be built in the first phase, including affordable homes for sale and rent. This will eventually increase to 1,000.

On the west of the park are plans for more three and four-storey terraced housing flanking the River Lee and a signature crescent of houses that will take its scale and design cues from the housing lining Regent’s park.



A lovely article from Building Design online today (8/2/11) on a similar theme at:-


This development at Windmill Green is featured, along with others by the same architects, in the documentary Homes for Heroes in the form of a clip of One Foot in the Past presented by Elain Harwood.

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