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Date
1977
Region
UK
Sector
Masterplanning Residential
Budget
£1m - £5m
Client
London Borough of Hillingdon
Location
London Borough of Hillingdon
Homes
113
Team
Peter Brett Associates, Gee Walker & Slater Ltd
Press
RIBA Journal (1978) Architects’ Journal (1977) Building Design (1977) Architectural Design (1974)

The Highgrove social housing scheme was a radical break with the traditional Local Authority narrow-fronted house. 

Highgrove Housing

The Highgrove housing development was designed on an eight acre field on the leafy edge of surburban Ruislip for the London Borough of Hillingdon Council. 

Wide-fronted houses were designed in groups of four, wherein each house opened onto a large garden. 

The quadripartite houses had garages, bathrooms, cupboards, stairs and landings in the low back of the section. The main room spaces were side-by-side along the garden frontage, with ceilings sloping up to the cill level of the floor above.

The main rooms (cooking, eating, sitting) could be used as open plan, or divided as the occupant chose. These main rooms opened out onto the garden, forming one of its boundaries. The other garden boundaries were hedged-in. 

These hedges, with a grid of paths, roads and trees, made a formal landscape with uneven edges.

Typical floor plans and section through four houses