Working with Emmett Russell Architects, Roundfield have completed three schemes under Bristol City Council’s New Build Council Housing Programme which aims to deliver 1000 new council homes over the next 15 years on housing infill sites.
With limited space available for soft landscape on these urban infill sites, proposals have made a strong feature of SuDS which positively influence the landscape character. Water features have been designed to direct roof and paving run off through permeable paving, conveyance channels and bio-retention areas. The conveyance channels create a threshold for residents, with access to front doors provided via simple bridge links. The SuDS elements are planted with wetland and mesic vegetation that provides structure, seasonal colour and a valuable habitat for wildlife.
The three sites are located in the Henbury and Brentry areas of the city, and all were constructed with a timber frame to Passivhaus standards. The schemes were featured in the March 2018 edition of the Architect’s journal, which is very complementary of the landscape design. Read our post:
“The thought that has been fed into the streetscaping of these sites is where they prove particularly impressive in a way that seems almost inverse to their size.” Jon Astbury, Architect’s Journal
“At both developments, this carefully considered idea of sequencing is the result of what seems to have been a fruitful relationship with landscape architect Roundfield, which Russell says pushed ‘incredibly hard’ for nicely landscaped sites ….”
Chandler Court also picked up two architectural awards at the RIBA South West Awards in May 2018 in the general and sustainability categories. In July 2018, the Suffolk Close scheme won an LABC Building Excellence Award: Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development.