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A visit to the estate I was brought up beside to investigate how community architecture has been used successfully to solve its problems.

A visit to the estate I was brought up beside to investigate how community architecture has been used successfully to solve its problems.

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    • Community Architecture Snow Hill, Bath
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    • Layout
      • Nine Houses
      • Chelsea, Dover, Walcot, Myrtle, Inman, Cathcart, Longacre, Snow Hill and Berkeley
      • Myrtle House renamed as Saffron Court prior to private sale – now housing association
      • Whole area along the London Road named after parts of London – Hanover, Piccadilly, Chelsea.
    • Chelsea Walcot Dover Myrtle / Saffron Court Inman Cathcart Long Acre Snow Hill House Berkeley
    • Background
      • Award winning Estate –Civic Trust Award
      • Decline in community and some architectural decay in 1980s
      • Community Architecture used effectively
      • Shift from selected coucil tenants to housing for the homeless noticeable
    • The problem estate?
      • Bath has a good reputation but attracts social problems like any other city
      • Majority housed in two areas – Snow Hill and Twerton
      • Problems were antisocial, issues of fly tipping and use of open spaces.
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    • The Solution 1. Identity – through colour
    • 2. Defensible Space = pride
    • Even at the rear of some blocks
    • In some case this meant new access arrangements [front of same block]
    • 3. Removal of through access Stair well to all Landings to provide ‘ramped access’ Now replaced with Individual steps Communal laundry lost
    • 4. New Facilities
      • Entry phones and concierge service
      • Play park reworked
    • Social
      • Centralised recycling facility
      • Community Centre
    • Synthesis
      • Change in Government policy + unsuccessful privatisation
      • Identity through colour
      • Defensible Space
      • Removal of through access
      • New Facilities
      • = SUCCESSFUL
      • Photos – Mark OLLIS