Allerton Bywater Area 2 is a mixed tenure development of 151 family houses and apartments, within the Allerton Bywater Millenium Community near Leeds. The site was won by HTA working with Barratt Leeds, as part of the Design for Manufacture competition promoted by the ODPM and English Partnerships.
In November 2005, HTA Architects competed for seven of the sites within the ODPM/EP sponsored Design for Manufacture competition, winning two of the major sites including with Upton D2, Northampton in addition to and Allerton Bywater, Leeds. The competitions initiative was to demonstrate efficiency in building processes to deliver high quality housing with a construction cost of £60,000.
The designs for both sites were produced within the guidance of the Design Codes for the area, and sought to further the capacity of Modern Methods of Construction in the housing industry using Barratt’s off-site manufacturing facility, the Advance Housing factory at Daventry, a joint venture between Barratt and Terrapin.
In keeping with the Design Codes and the ambitions of the competition, the design of the housing is a contemporary interpretation of the local vernacular, and hence a great deal of variety is achieved across both sites despite standardisation of factory produced elements.