Archio is reintroducing its plans for co-living in Norwich
The scheme of 34 homes to Angel Yard Cohousing, a group of Norwich locals, was presented to Norwich City Council last summer.
Proposals for a brownfield site at the corner of Oak Street and Sussex Street drew criticism from the Norwich and Historical Society of England.
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After meeting with heritage organisations, the team behind the first proposed shared housing community in Norwich have now revised their proposals.
Although the layout and mix of uses remain the same, the latest design and access statement states that “the design direction of the scheme has fundamentally changed” from one that “references the industrial character of the Northern Riverside area, to a more domestic direction with simple, robust detailing.”
In terms of height, the bulkhead has also been reduced by 800mm to 300mm. As this would now expose the air source heat pumps, they will now be hidden in a number of ‘future stacks’.
Angel Yard Cohousing was founded in 2008 and now has 33 families. It bought the site in Norwich-over-the-Water, north of Norwich city centre, in 2015.
The group wants to develop a “diverse, multi-generational community based on the principles of shared comfort, support for good neighborliness, and environmental responsibility.”
Residents will have their own homes and shared facilities, including a shared house with a kitchen and a flexible common room where members can share meals and socialize; Laundry facilities; guest rooms; A “library of objects” including everyday tools, equipment and household items; shared garden; And nearby allotments for growing food.
Proposed homes range from one-bedroom apartments to three-bedroom homes, and include two affordable homes for rent to adults with learning disabilities.
The project is designed in three blocks along the perimeter of the site, restoring the historic street edge and wrapping around a central communal garden.
The shared access walkway, balconies and roof terraces of a row of terraced houses overlook the central park.
Angel Yard Cohousing has appointed TOWN as Director of Development on the back of Marmalade Lane Cohousing in Cambridge by Mole.
According to TOWN, Angel Yard members worked with the design team to “develop plans for a scheme that reflects the members’ vision of sustainable and well-to-do living.”
Archio director Mellis Howard said: “The site is located in an area of Norwich that is rapidly changing from industrial to residential use, and it would be very beneficial for the area to have a group of people with a long-term commitment to living here and a strong sense of community.
“Our approach seeks to make the most of this landmark, sustainable location through a design that creates a wonderful co-housing environment while honoring and enhancing the local city landscape.”
TOWN Director Neil Murphy said: “Norwich City Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and Norwich Vision 2040 sets out their aspirations for a livable city that supports and promotes sustainable living.”
Shared living group members Rowan Riley and Martha Bolcom said: “We are keen to raise our family in a shared community with all the benefits of lots of other adults and a big garden for the kids to play in. After a busy day it would be nice to have a communal meal available from time to time. ‘