London housing design guide

“These guidelines will raise the standard of living for thousands of Londoners, ensuring brighter and more spacious living conditions, particularly for the growing number of larger families." (Boris Johnson, Mayor of London)

Mæ was commissioned by the London Development Agency (LDA) to work with them to develop the London Housing Design Guide, which simplifies the range of other housing design guidance, such as Lifetime Homes and Housing Quality Indicators. It will apply to all GLA London-funded schemes from April 2011.

Mæ reviewed over 300 existing housing design requirements. The resulting Guide has distilled the plethora of existing guidance into a more manageable set of key requirements.

The guide is structured around 6 themes, taking in issues of delivering housing at appropriate densities, providing family housing, the importance of well proportioned streets, access to local transport, services and amenities; plus flexibility of space, daylighting and private open space. It sets minimum standards in a number of key areas including: internal space standards, balcony sizes, aspect, floor to ceiling heights, quantity of storage space, and the number of units sharing access.

We subsequently worked with the Mayor of London developing it for the London Plan Housing SPG.

You can download a copy of the interim Guide here. For assistance in meeting the requirements set out by the Mayor of London, or to enquire how Mæ can help you meet design compliance or offer a training seminar on the content, contact Mæ.

Project facts

Client: GLA

Date: 2009-2011

Related publicity

Live web discussion about the London Housing Design Guide
BD Online, 27 August 2010

Design sidelined
FT Weekend, House & Home supplement, 19 September 2009

New homes: size really does matter
Evening Standard, Homes & Property, 1 September 2009

Setting Standards
Michael Howe writing in the Architects' Journal on the research behind the London Housing Design Guide, 30 July 2009

No room to cook dinner or seat guests? Welcome to 'rabbit hutch Britain'
Robert Booth, The Guardian, 11 August 2009

Boris Johnson calls for London homes to be 10% larger
Architects' Journal, 16 July 2009

Mayor sets minimum housing space limits
Building Design, 9 July 2009

London mayor pledges end to "hobbit homes"
Building magazine, 8 July 2009

Does London really need more housing restrictions?
Rowan Moore, Evening Standard, 8 July 2009

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