Scheme name: Saxton

Practice: Union North

Client: Urban Splash

Photographer: Joel Fildes

This refurbishment of two derelict council housing blocks offers a paradigm for regeneration in these straightened times that combines both social and environmental sustainability. Intensive consultation has led to a genuinely mixed-tenure scheme, with the number of homes on the site rising from 214 to 410.

The existing structure, lifts and stairs have been re-used, adding to the outside a new steel structure to provide the increased density and allow the building to be clad in a highly insulating, but very elegant new skin.

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