BM3 Architecture working together with Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust and Jessup Brothers designed and built 11 new dwellings for affordable rent on Woodside Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham. There are a mix of bungalows and dormer bungalows, which have been designed in accordance with Housing Quality Indicators, Lifetime Homes and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. The design of these new homes will encourage people who currently under-occupy large houses to downsize, releasing their larger home for a family.
The bungalows are planned in a horse-shoe style arrangement which creates a south facing internal courtyard with both private and communal amenity space for the residents. The dwellings are designed as a tight development, with minimal gaps between dwellings to encourage a sense of community and surveillance.
The main concept for the appearance of the bungalows was to propose a modern interpretation of the Arts & Craft style popular within the Bournville and Selly Oak areas. The Arts & Craft style includes features such as bay windows, square leaded glazing, gables, timber panelling, render and dormer windows.