Uplands Cohousing

Stroud, Gloucestershire


The first cohousing scheme in the UK

This development was the first of its kind in the UK. The cohousing movement, which was first established in Denmark, promotes a vision of community that prioritises sustainable living, low energy use and personal inter-connectedness.

The complex comprises 35 dwellings — a mix of semi-detached houses, terraced town houses and four storey structures containing flats and studio apartments — around a central Common House with facilities for cooking, eating and socialising. Of mostly timber-frame construction, the houses are triple-glazed and powered in part by photovoltaic cells.

We were appointed as the executive architects for this project, to the concept architects, Architype of Hereford. Our role was the design of the timber frames, the external cladding, external balconies, stairways and terraces.

The first cohousing scheme in the UK

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