Project details

Howton Field, Newton Abbott

Design Code for 20 Custom Build Affordable Homes, Newton Abbott

As part of the progressive housing custom build affordable homes delivery programme, Teighnbridge District Council commissioned and worked collaboratively with Devon architects, AK Architects, to develop a Design Code for 20 homes as part of the Howton Barton Masterplan.

The Design Code for the site sets a standard and ambition for the remainder of the site with the aim of creating a meaningful connection to the local vernacular whilst delivering affordable, high quality, sustainable design in the plan.

The proposal seeks to create a new residential community with a distinctive sense of place. Several features have been incorporated to give the scheme a ‘rural’ farmstead feel which sits comfortably within its surroundings and maximises on the sites spectacular views of the Teign estuary and Teignmouth beyond.

The shape of the site gives rise to a distinctive triangular scheme. The scheme has been designed to read as a ‘walled rural farmstead’ which appears on the hilltop as it is approached along the new main road. A substantial stone wall to the east elevation will provide the primary facade of the development.

Feature landmark plots on each corner identify key vantage points and ‘anchor’ the development into the landscape when approached from the north east and south west.

A natural stone wall forms a connecting structure that encloses the development to create a strong sense of privacy and enclosure. This also helps to enhance the community feel amongst residents.