CLIENT: Waterloo Housing Group / COMPLETION: Completed / LOCATION: Vicarage Rd, Northampton NN5 7AT
Historically, MWK Architects has been committed to realising projects that have a positive impact in the community, having worked on affordable housing schemes for over 18 years.
Piano Mews is a site regeneration and affordable housing development located on what was a largely derelict Victorian factory in St James, Northampton.
To make this project a reality, the Director of MWK Architects took it upon himself to regenerate the site after local planners had deemed it ‘too difficult’. He contacted the land owners to see if they were willing to sell, put forward a proposal to develop the brownfield site for affordable housing and approached a number of housing associations, local borough councillors and the borough council’s strategic housing officers.
After that initial start in 2012, the grant funding and planning process took 8 years to complete.
Contractors, GEDA Construction started on site in August 2020, after the COVID lockdown period the houses were completed in December 2021. Possibly the longest job that we have ever undertaken.