• FBM Architects have secured planning consent for an innovative residential scheme for the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust. The exciting regeneration project in Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury will provide seven low-cost homes, while retaining parking and improving access to surrounding homes.The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust have a rolling programme of regenerating problematic garage-sites within their portfolio and were interested in the use of off-site construction to accelerate the programme and to reduce costs. They also have a shared interest with us in the environmental benefits of re-using / up-cycling existing structures. This naturally led to the design proposal that reuses second-hand shipping containers to transform an under-used garage site, which suffers from anti-social behaviour, into an attractive ‘home-zone’ development. The scheme provides much needed single person accommodation for social rent using converted shipping containers to create contemporary, environmentally-friendly homes in a desirable area near to local amenities and within walking distance of the town centre.


  • The proposals combine our expertise in designing small flats and student accommodation to produce a compact layout that contains all the facilities of a one bed flat in a 26m2 space. Decking to front and rear allows residents to sit outside in private or public areas.

  • Landscaping includes grassed areas, semi-mature trees and sedum roofs – these combine to provide sustainable urban drainage and to enhance local ecology. The use of linear block paving set-out in strong geometric shapes, plus coloured tarmac to the homezone road and parking bays lifts the development above standard black tarmac – giving the scheme a distinct identity.

    High performance insulation to walls, roof and floor along with low-energy double glazing will mean tenants have very low heating bills and emissions will be minimised. It also demonstrates excellent value for money by the use of off-site construction methods as opposed to traditional build – while still providing safe, secure, energy-efficient homes.


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