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Designer Homes for Dingle

publication date: Apr 22, 2006
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A Liverpool architectural practice has beaten off international competition to design affordable new homes for Dingle, Liverpool 8.

The RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) competition was promoted by Gleeson Regeneration, who is Liverpool City Council’s lead developer for the City Centre South Zone of the Housing Market Renewal Initiative (HMRI) on Merseyside.

Liverpool based Union North impressed the judges with its focus on a mixed community, innovative use of materials and for optimising views of the River Mersey. The new gateway development will include up to 300 homes in the Park Street/Grafton Street area, linking the successful dockside development to the close-knit community of Dingle.

Brian Gowthorpe, Senior Development Manager at Gleeson Regeneration, said: “As part of the HMRI we are working towards creating vibrant, high quality sustainable neighbourhoods in conjunction with local people. We are delighted a Liverpool based architect has been selected and, out of all the entries, Union North’s designs cleverly match our desire to integrate new housing with the surrounding neighbourhoods.”

Most of the new houses and apartments will be built for outright sale and will be of varying sizes to suit a range of occupiers. There will also be opportunities for shared ownership and a small number of units for rent to replace some outdated houses in the area.

THE SINGLE LIFE

A rise in people living by themselves will account for 72 per cent of annual household growth up to 2026 according to the latest household projections published by the ODPM. The figures also show significant increases in household growth in the North and Midlands compared with previous projections.

The New Household Projections of Households for England and the Regions to 2026 show the number of households in England is projected to increase from 20.9 million in 2003 to 25.7 million in 2026. This amounts to 209,000 new households a year of which 150,000 are single person households. Just under a quarter of this increase in single person households is in the 55-64 age group.

The projections are higher than previous projections due to higher household growth in the North and Midlands with 20,000 additional households a year compared to previous forecasts. Growth in the four southern regions accounts for 60 per cent of annual household growth, however it has fallen slightly compared to previous projections.

The Government announced that it should increase new house building to 200,000 a year by 2016. Currently 160,000 new homes are built each year, which despite significant increases is still lower than in previous generations.

Research shows that if the current rates of building continue, the pressure on house prices will be such that in 20 years, the proportion of 30 year old couples able to afford their own home will drop from over 50 per cent to nearer 30 per cent.

Housing Minister Yvette Cooper said:

“We have an ageing, growing population with more people living alone and if we don’t build more homes to meet that need we will see house prices rise further pushing first time buyers out if the market. These figures show how important it is to build new homes for the next generation in every region.”

‘SWAP HOMES’ SERVICE FOR AGENTS

Estate agents are offered a brand new web based ‘matchmaking’ service for home owners: www.Swap-Homes.com

A total of £178m worth of property signed up for the service in its first week at the beginning of February this year, including 27 estate agents and 673 properties ranging from a £123,000 home in Dartford, Kent to a £1.2 million property in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

Peter Cooke, the financial brain behind the idea, said: “Agents have been quick to spot the potential of the website, which is bringing a new dimension to the concept of finding a home online,” he says. “Swap-Homes.com is essentially a tool by which estate agents can eliminate the potential for a property chain, thereby making house sales much quicker and removing the element of stress which often accompanies a lengthy sale.”

Paul Herod of Aston Estates in Bolton has signed up for the Swap-Homes. com service; “It’s a great benefit to offer clients who might otherwise suffer the frustrations of getting involved in a chain,” he says. “I’m happy to register all my properties if it makes it easier and quicker for clients to sell their old homes and move into new ones.”