Grounded is working closely with residents to develop a new masterplan for the Mainway Estate - a failing 1950s housing estate on the banks of the Lune in Lancaster. The masterplan aims to transform the neglected 1950s flatted blocks and ill defined open space around them into a community fit for the 21st Century.  Designed as ‘pavilions in a landscape’ the existing buildings swim in acres of grass that does very little in terms of biodiversity and residents have no privacy in their homes or for using the spaces outside. We have introduced a hierarchy of spaces from fully public new play areas and a river walkway through to shared courtyards that cluster entrances between buildings, and make sure each flat will have its own garden or balcony by dropping window cills to create new doors that can directly access the outside spaces. 

The first retrofit pilot for Lune & Derby Houses is underway, and the planning application for the first phase of new build homes will be submitted Winter 2023

Lancaster City Council (LCC)
Place Capital Group Ltd (PCG)
RIBA Stages:
250 existing homes to be ‘deep retrofitted’ to LETI Retrofit Exemplar standards
200 new homes targeting zero carbon in operation
The report from the Councillors who attended the exhibition was glowing; they were very impressed by you all – so well done!
Faye Whiteoak, Development Director, Mainway
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