Park View, developed by Miller Homes, is located on Durham Road in Gateshead, which has closely connected to the Gateshead city centre. With the start of the new module on alternative housing schemes, we have been looking at the document Building for Life 12 to assessment the housing area by using three colours, green, amber and red to evaluate whether the housing is succeeded or not. For this case study, Park View, which has advantages for its location where lies along the eastern edge of Saltwell Park and just west of the sought-after Low Fell neighbourhood. With BfL 12 document, I have conducted my assessment below:
INTEGRATING INTO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
1. Connections – It is clearly seen that the existing connections in between the buildings. Almost all the connection routes are integrated with the topography very well. There are two main horizontal routes and five vertical routes layout the site. However, the footpaths and vehicle routes have not been well defined. In terms of the connection with the surroundings, the Shltwell Park on the east could be a soft barrier to the site. It is not easy to get to the eastern area.
2. Facilities and Services – As seen from the local map, there are the number of facilities and services in the western area of the site. The common infrastructures are functional which include shops, schools, pharmacy shops and transport; however, it is not very close for the Park View residents to get to there. The working places are also far away from the living area.
3. Public Transport – Park View project is lying along the Durham Road, which is the main vehicle road in that area. It is just less than 5 minutes for the residents to take the bus on that road. However, the metro station is a little bit far away from the site, which normally takes people 20 minutes to get there. Besides, the topography there is not very suitable for cycling.
4. Meeting Local Housing Requirement – The building types are the mixture and the prices arranged for many groups, which meet ‘Policy CS11’. There are both detached and semi-detached houses sell for richer buyers and the affordable apartment for lower-income people.
CREATING A PLACE
5. Character – The scheme in this area created a place with distinctive character. This cohousing area includes both detached houses, semi-detached houses, terrace houses and flats. Different housing types have built by different materials include brick, wood and metal. The balconies are designed for both detached houses, terrace houses and flat. Most residents and families can have their own private courtyard to have activities.
6. Working with the Site and Its Context – The topography of this site is a slope higher on the east and lower on the west. The housing groups are all designed to keep with the topography. The detached houses on the west side are designed layered along the downhill topography, the car parking and storage area are on the ground floor and the private gardens are on the upper floors. The buildings are also built with local materials, which stay the same style with the context area.
7. Creating Well Defined Street and Spaces – Except the roads linked with the Enfield Road on the west of the site, the routs in the site area have the layout as a regular pattern. Most of the residential areas designed enclosed to keep the site security; however, there is no speed sign for limit the vehicle speed. Besides, the entrance on the north side where connected with Enfield Road is not very safe for pedestrians.
8. Easy to Find Your Way Around – The housing types in Park View clearly defined with diversity building types and materials, but the layouts of vehicle routes and pedestrian paths are a little bit confused for guests. They have difficulties to imagine their own mental map of the irregular route.
STREETS AND HOMES
9. Streets for All – The spaces are walking friendly for the pedestrians. Some private areas separated from the public areas by green spaces and landscapes. However, the speed sign is a lack in the site to limit vehicle speed, and there are fewer features of different roads to slow down the vehicle speed. Some part of the roads is not wide enough for regular transport movement, which may increase the danger for residents.
10. Car Parking – Private car parking is designed very well on the site. Most of the detached and townhouses have their private parking storage and space. For those who live in the flat, there is car parking on the ground floor with the living spaces on the upper floors. However, it has an opportunity to build more public car parking for guests.
11. Public and Private Spaces – In this residential area, both efficient private and public spaces provided for the residents. The upstairs gardens designed for detached houses on the east side and the private courtyard designed for western detached houses. For some townhouses and flats, there are balconies provided for residents. On the public space area, there are managed-well landscapes and trees.
12. External Storage and Amenity Space – There are not too much external storage and amenity space on the site. It is lack of bicycle parking spaces as well. It is the shortage but the opportunities for this site.
Green – 3 Amber – 7 Red – 2
Park View Website: https://www.millerhomes.co.uk/new-homes/north-east/park-view-gateshead.aspx