Fermoy Road is exemplary of how a skilful architect, in concert with a far-sighted client, can provide low-cost, socially relevant and thoughtfully designed buildings. The developer, Pocket, works with sites too small for many developers, for buyers who are ineligible for affordable housing, but who cannot afford to get onto the property ladder. Taking Dutch social housing as their model and working with the local council, Pocket is able to sell the flats at 20% below market rates.
The brief is restrictive and well researched by the client, with apartment layouts and density clearly defined. The scheme aims at a high bar for sustainability, providing a private bicycle storage space adjacent to each apartment (zero car ownership), ground source heat pumps and photovoltaic cells to keep energy bills low.