The former Tindale Crescent Hospital site in West Auckland was the subject of an English Partnerships’ competition in 2006, won by HTA and Places for People. HTA and Places for People took the approach that the redevelopment should provide good spacious houses, but at the sort of density normally associated with flats. This approach allowed the development to provide the type of accommodation that would be attractive in the area, whilst generating a land value that would be competitive with a more conventional flatted development.
The resulting scheme will provide 51 houses. There is one terrace of three 2 bed 2 storey dwellings; the rest are detached or semi-detached, with 2, 3 and 4 bed properties at two, two and a half and three stories. Central to the development is a public space containing trees, street lighting, a small play area, and car parking. Either side of this are two narrow lanes that give access to the dwellings and the car parking. This is all finished in the same high quality paving materials and creates a pedestrian friendly home zone environment where pedestrians dominate and car speeds are kept low.