McBaines Cooper architect decorates new homes in Hemel Hempstead

An imaginatively designed development of homes will be giving local families a much-needed opportunity to get on the housing ladder.

Hightown Housing Association’s Park Lane development will include 15 two-and-three bedroom homes – some detached, some semi-detached and some in an elegant terrace.

Architect Peter O’Rourke, Associate Director of McBains Cooper, incorporated a number of decorative features such as diamond pattern gable brickwork and curved copper porches into the Park Lane design.

The design of the homes has been inspired by the idealism of the housing being built in the late 1940s and early 1950s when Hemel Hempstead was one of the first generation of Britain’s new towns.

Hightown’s Development Director George Edkins said:

“We wanted to pay homage to the dreams of the early post-war developments, and the first neighbourhoods of Hemel Hempstead show simple and honest suburban design that has stood the test of time.

“I was also aware from family holidays in Norfolk of the work of the Lowestoft partnership of Tayler and Green, who built nearly 700 council homes in the county. They are all of exceptional design quality and quite exuberant in their use of decorative brickwork.

“So we decided to create patterned gables, as well as adding some quirky Norfolk features – after all, social housing shouldn’t be boring! I’m delighted we’ve developed a distinctive development that will also help people who are priced out of the local housing market”.