The Gables

DK Architects

Client: Musker Developments

FP Homes, Regenda

The Gables is a development of 30 new family houses for developer FP Homes located in Crosby, Liverpool.

The development brings life back to a brownfield site, combining affordable and open market homes in a mix of two, three and four-bedroom units, all seamlessly integrated around a high-quality shared-surface. The scheme provides an architecture that is distinctive and contemporary – complimentary to the surroundings, but clear and unique in vision and approach. The site was formally occupied by a disused factory and burdened by several factors limiting its commercial viability, such as problematic access and contamination, preventing its development by volume housebuilders. The scheme’s success was therefore relied on the commitment of all involved in its delivery to a high-density and high-quality alternative market approach. Our innovative design solution took risks to unlock the potential of the site through increased vertical massing and reimagined back-to-back courtyard housing, both generating increased coverage across the site. The scheme strikes a careful balance between delivering the necessary density, whilst maintaining high-levels of openness, amenity, privacy, and car-parking in a characterful and robust environment. The distinctive ‘gable’ design is combined with high-quality materials and workmanship to create a recognisable aesthetic and identity, whilst deep reveals, angled brick window heads and cranked roof windows distinguish the site from neighbouring standard housing developments The houses have been crafted to maximise daylighting through dual-aspect rooms and large windows providing strong visual connections to the outside. The scheme is a great commercial success and has received excellent resident feedback.