Chorlton Villas Shortlisted for Prestigious Sunday Times Award
The award recognises an exemplary new development that provides resident amenities alongside living accommodation, with design solutions that cleverly integrate resident amenities, delight their target market and generate a sense of community.
Chorlton Villas consists of 28 three and four bedroom homes set around a communal green. This landscaped focal point fosters a sense of community amongst residents, as well as providing a safe and visible place for children to play outside their own homes. Furthermore, private allotments provide an additional recreational green space for residents to socialise and grow their own organic produce.
The design objective, to foster a sense of community at Chorlton Villas, is quickly becoming realised. Since completion, residents have formed a Facebook group to organise events on the communal green, as well as enjoying picnics and barbecues with each other.
The private allotments have proven very popular, especially given that the waiting list for municipal allotments in the vicinity extends to over five years. Residents quickly began growing their own organic fruit and vegetables, not just nurturing community spirit, but encouraging wellbeing and healthy eating. The allotments are a great use of open space, utilising otherwise unused land towards the edge of the site.
Chorlton Villas is now fully occupied and feedback from residents has been especially positive. For instance, residents enjoy to tell us how they know all their neighbours and that they have made new friends in the development. Whilst there is no one dominant demographic in the development, what has bound the residents is a like minded approach to community and an appreciation of the design of Chorlton Villas.