ATA are working with the Cohousing group London & Countryside Cohousing (LoCo) to develop a mutually supportive community, living in low energy homes, with some shared facilities, encouraging social contact and individual space, in a community managed by themselves, the residents.
Affordable housing will form part of the scheme but all residents agree to the aims and objectives of Co-housing. As architects, ATA believe it is important to approach the designing of LoCo's new homes in the same way that they intend to the community to function. Our aim is to act a informed facilitators.
Consultation and consensual decision making is a key part of the development process as well as the final project.
Passivhaus standards will be used for the homes and grey water recycling. The houses will be built to Lifetime Homes standards The group is a mixed community but with particular emphasis on the needs of older people.
"Either more people are learning to live alone or there must be a hell of a lot of lonely people about.... We want a larger framework in which older people can go on getting older without either having to manage on their own, go into a home or cling around the necks of reluctant children"
Katherine Whitehorn, Observer, June 1982
London Countryside Co-housing Group (LoCo) was formed in 2006. LoCo aim to develop a mutually supportive community, living in our own low energy homes, with some shared facilities. Loco want to encourage social contact and individual space, in a community managed by ourselves, the residents.’