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Hull publishes design guide

Words: Laura Edgar
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Hull City Council has adopted a Residential Design Guide, the city’s first planning policy that specifically addresses the design quality of new housing.

The planning department developed the guide, and Harper Perry Architects provided examples of best practice and exemplary design.

The supplementary planning document covers strategic site planning considerations, construction detail and future smart home ambitions, amongst other topics.

The guide is structured around three key themes – urban design; streets and public spaces; and building design. There are best practice examples from the UK and Europe, and the document intends to provide guidance to create positive public spaces that are well-used and valued, with spaces between buildings safe for everyone to use, such as older residents, people with cognitive impairments and people with pushchairs.

It also addresses various design details, including daylight and sunlight; battery storage and integrating design strategies.

Hull City Council’s senior urban design Rob Beardsworth led the work on the design guide, which is aimed at architects, urban designers, planning consultants and housing developers, as well as members of the planning committee and the public.

The council's planning department and Harper Perry sought to ensure the guidance was a "highly visual, engaging and accessible document".

Alex Codd, Hull City Council’s assistant director of economic regeneration, said: “Hull is quickly becoming one of the North’s most desirable places to live. It is an independent waterfront city which has seen £250 million investment in public spaces, retail and leisure outlets, cultural venues, and a further investment in excess of £200 million in its flood defences.

“As the city’s economy grows, it is vital that there is quality new housing to help this process. This guide will help to make sure these properties are in place.”

James Perry, director at Harper Perry, added: “The design guide set by Hull City is a really positive foundation, but designers and housebuilders need to raise their ambitions from the outset. The design of new housing all too often is dominated by car movement and parking, and fails to provide positive, welcoming spaces in between homes to foster a positive sense of neighbourliness. This has to change.”

Hull Residential Design Guide can be found here (pdf).

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