On 30th October, 130 students from the University of West of England (UWE) visited HAB’s Applewood development in Stroud, selected by Dr Helen Hoyle at UWE’s Department of Architecture and the Built Environment as a case study for their core module, ‘Healthy Sustainable Communities.’
Students studying degrees in Architecture, Geography, Planning, Property Development, and Urban Planning visited the site because of its ‘mixed pepper pot tenure approach,’ providing an insight into how the residents live together in an established development.
Applewood was selected by Dr Hoyle due to its emphasis on high-quality place making, with provision for outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed in all seasons, a variety of green spaces, a natural wildlife corridor, and dedicated bicycle spaces throughout the development.
Students received a presentation from Rob Harold, HAB Housing Design Manager, discussing the range of projects HAB has been involved in or designed, and how values remain at the core of each project. On a tour of the site, they visited the communal garden square, wildlife corridor, and allotments, and met residents who shared their experiences of living in a development like Applewood.
We believe that healthy, sustainable communities are a necessity, not a luxury, and hope this will be the start of many more interactions with the team at UWE.
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