Flood Resilient Housing for Stratford-upon-Avon


Baca Architects have been appointed to design a flood resilient housing scheme of 12 units for a derelict flood prone site off the A3400 into Stratford-upon-Avon.

Based loosely on our conceptual designs for a Flood Resilient Housing Scheme, commended by the Times Newspaper, the proposals bring together several strands of our flood mitigation research in a masterplan, using design and flood resilient house typologies, to create a unique, forward looking strategy, which will allow development to take place on this existing flood risk site.

With views from the site across the river Avon, to the historic town centre conservation area, Baca Architects propose that the scheme demonstrates sensitive and high-quality design. The development will create a collection of two and three storey town houses arranged in a series of terraces and mews settings.

Having had positive initial conversations with both the Environment Agency and the town planners, Baca hope to develop the site in 2017 and create an exemplar, transferable model for housing schemes on other flood risk sites. In addition it will provide a solution to currently undevelopable, disused flood risk sites that can be found in towns and cities around the country.

Director Richard Coutts said: “This is a great opportunity to demonstrate affordable flood resilience. The Straford-upon-Avon scheme will be an affordable and scalable template for developments on flood risk sites that can be replicated across the UK.”

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Baca Architects shortlisted for the 2016 British Homes Awards’ flood-resistant house contest


Baca Architects is shortlisted for this year’s British Homes Awards.

The shortlist was judged by a high-profile jury chaired by Robert Adam of ADAM Architecture. It included AJ editorial director Paul Finch, Jo McCafferty of Levitt Bernstein, BRE chief executive Peter Bonfield and architect Lynne Sullivan.

The annual awards, is backed by the Sunday Times.

Read more about it here http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/finalists-named-in-british-homes-awards-flood-resistant-house-contest/10009716.fullarticle



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Q&A with Richard Coutts

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Welcome the first edition of the WAN Waterfront Focus.
WAN speaks exclusively to Richard Coutts, Co-founder and Director of Baca Architects Ltd on research into flood risk management and on their interesting waterfront schemes: Life Project, Amphibious House and floating homes. We also feature the newly completed floating hotel on the Seine designed by Gérard RONZATTI, the president of Seine Design.

Read about it on: http://backstage.worldarchitecturenews.com/wanawards/page/q-a-with-richard-coutts

The WAN Waterfront 2016 Award now in its second year will celebrate and highlight architecture that embrace and exploit the benefits of sites in proximity to water.

Read more on http://www.wantoday.com/WAN-AWARDS/2016/waterfront/3/index.html

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Flood Proof Tower

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With their expertise in flood mitigation Baca Architects have developed proposals for a new gateway tower building on a strategic development site near Wembley that currently suffers from flood risk issues.

The under used site is directly opposite a mainline railway and underground station with a tributary of the Brent river running through the middle of the site. Currently there is no public access and proposals will look to provide strategic new public routes across the site and open up the landscape around the river for public enjoyment and create more sustainable natural habitats for local wildlife.

To develop a scheme that puts both the development and the river flood plain on an equal weighting Baca Architects have employed innovative flood mitigation techniques to the landscape and suggested low-risk ground floor uses while protecting the most vulnerable residential uses above.

Proposals explore a mixed-use scheme with car parking, commercial, public spaces and 60 residential units. Options explore several different ways to open up the site to create a unique conversation between the new towers and the river landscape below.

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London Terrace

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On a small garage site in a prime Lewisham location Baca Architects have developed a sympathetic terrace of four new family homes. The design provides four high quality residential units with front and rear gardens perfect for young and growing families.

Each dwelling is arranged over three floors and provides open plan kitchen, dining and living room that open up to the rear garden. Externally the houses provide a modern interpretation of the traditional London terrace typology.

Taking inspiration from the local context and with the aim of respecting and enhancing the character of the local area the materials chosen are yellow brick and white render. The facade articulation is directly inspired by the design of the neighbouring victorian stock. The building will be environmentally sustainable through solar orientation and high performance insulation.

This development is a high quality addition to this part of Lewisham and will be an exemplar and benchmark for future modern terraces around London.

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Commissioner’s Place

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Bound by Chalk cliffs and the Medway river the new residential development at Commissioner’s Place, Strood, Kent will provide 130 units with the emphasis on family homes and community.

Surrounded by public open space the development will infill a disused and abandoned quarry site to create a harmonious new residential community that will help to form connections between existing developments and sports facilities. The development slopes gently up from the river affording residents views of the Medway. A central ‘green street’ of trees, planted swales and landscaped gardens forms the community centre providing places to sit and play and creating a calm and tranquil focus to the new village.

The first public consultation event was held last week and introduced the initial proposals for Commissioner’s Place to Medway councillors and local residents. The pros and cons were openly discussed and suggestions were collected at the end of the event to incorporate into the proposals.


More information is available on the website here: http://www.commissionersplace.co.uk

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Integrated Masterplan for Littlehampton


In collaboration with GL Hearn Baca were asked to look into the potential for the future expansion opportunities to support the growth of the West Sussex town of Littlehampton.

Baca carried out initial feasibility studies on over 30 sites to determine the most suitable opportunities. From the 30 sites 8 sites were considered potentially suitable to deliver the 1000 home strategic objective of the Littlehampton Economic Growth Area. Following identification of suitable sites a coordinated and integrated strategy was implemented to create sustainable development and infrastructure able to support the economic growth targets.

Due to the potential for flooding in and around Littlehampton Baca Architects strategic specialism in flood mitigation solutions to create safe new development was drawn on to provide a coherent and feasible framework for future development.

The new development will not be fully defended and Makes Space for Water by retaining effective flood plain across the site where suitable. The proposals include flood resilient homes, flats over car parking that will be allowed to flood in extreme flood events and elevated mixed-use schemes.


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