The Sidings project comprised the design and build of 73 stylish homes for affordable rent on a former industrial site, just off Haughton Road, Darlington on behalf of Railway Housing Association.
The dwellings were constructed in close proximity to the 1825 Darlington to Stockton Railway Line and the development included the restoration of a 175 year old Grade ll Listed engine shed. The engine shed was sympathetically converted into modern mews-type homes, providing the building with a renewed purpose ensuring its future preservation
The design intent for the affordable housing development was to incorporate an industrial feel which was in keeping with the site’s historic past, whilst providing modern, energy efficient new homes for local people in Darlington.
The development comprised 66 new build residential dwellings consisting of one bedroom apartments, two bedroom bungalows and three bedroom houses as well as creating 7 residential dwellings through the conversion of the engine shed.
The homes were all for affordable rent and were of traditional brick and block construction with deep trench concrete foundations and finished with facing brick façades. The homes were Secured by Design and the development has been shortlisted for LABC’s 'The Bricks' award.