Creating high quality homes for individuals and households on low incomes and adults and children with special needs.
The high cost of property and rent means many families and individuals can’t afford a place of their own, making it impossible to find somewhere suitable to rent or buy.
We work closely with Housing Associations, Local Authorities, developers and builders to achieve purpose built affordable and social housing which is well designed, cost effective and looks attractive.
WDA have designed affordable houses and apartments as part of mixed use, retail and commercial schemes to comply with planning conditions or as standalone projects to maximise site value and meet specific end user requirements.
This includes Rented, Shared Ownership Homes and New Build, Low Cost home ownership including discounted market sale First Homes. Rented Homes include both Social Rented with low rent, whilst Affordable Rent is where rent is no more than 80% of local market rates.
Our special needs expertise extends to housing for specific user groups, including fully Wheelchair Accessible, independent and supported living, severely disabled, reablement, recovering brain or spinal injuries, halfway houses for integrating ex-offenders into society, young adults with complex needs, special houses for Autistic residents and those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Units may include specially equipped bathrooms, bedrooms and training kitchens.
Whether you are a developer or small builder we will work closely with you to achieve attractive, cost effective affordable housing.
You may need to provide one affordable unit, several or a whole neighbourhood. Western Design Architects has experience of social housing of all sizes.
Projects have included;
Our clients include:
Sovereign Housing Association
New Forest District Council
North Dorset Housing Association
Signpost / Synergy Housing Association
Welfare Dwellings Residential Care
Raglan Housing Association
Wessex Autistic Society
Spectrum Housing Association
Knightstone Housing Association
Magna Housing Association
The Shaftesbury Housing Association
East Dorset Housing Association
Boveridge House School
Affordable housing can take the form of flats, houses or even part of a mixed use/ retail scheme to maximise the potential of any site.
Taking a ‘fabric first’ approach on all projects, we utilise the benefits of air source heat pumps, photo voltaic panels, sustainable drainage, rainwater recovery, landscape planting and passive solar gain in our projects.
Where possible we promote a tenure neutral policy where affordable housing is dispersed and integrated into housing developments. These properties are designed to blend in with adjoining market housing.
Our design approach responds to the environment and is always sympathetic to the building’s context. We don’t have a standard architectural ‘style’, so we provide a bespoke solution to each project.
We collaborate with our clients to give them buildings which will stand the test of time. The result is cutting edge contemporary design or beautiful traditional buildings.
Find out more about our architectural services we offer to clients looking to build affordable housing.
Take a look at our range of Affordable Housing projects within our Residential Portfolio. Simply click the filters buttons to view our sub sectors.