The site is located on Kershaw Crescent in the village of Luddenden Foot, Calderdale and was formerly occupied by Kershaw Grange home for the elderly. This was demolished in October 2011 and the site made available by Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (CMBC) for development. Pennine 2000/ Synergy Housing stepped in and acquired the site to provide family houses at affordable rent. Comprising of a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses, all houses are to achieve full Secured By Design (SBD) accreditation and meet Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) Level 3.
The development is broken down into five short terraces with rear access ginnells and two blocks of semi-detached two-storey houses. These are arranged along a shared-surface mews court. Visually, the development is designed to be a statement of Pennine 2000 Housing’s continued commitment to the area and Calderdale as a whole. The overall scheme is designed to be contextual, yet identifiable as a new, coherent development in its own right.
Scale and massing are similar to surrounding houses which, along with the restrained palate of materials, serves to unify the development (brick and render were chosen as the preferred finishes by local residents at a recent public consultation event). This visual continuity knits the new development into its built context.
The development will yield 23 affordable family housing units has just hit site and will be complete and occupied by the end of March 2013.