Miracle Court, Bakewell
Region: East Midlands
Local Authority: Derbyshire Dales
Summary: Miracle Court is a small affordable housing scheme on the edge of the historic core of Bakewell, Derbyshire and close to the New Street scheme (see Bakewell, New Street case study). The scheme represents an excellent example of the use of vernacular material, good design and attention to detail.
The houses are built of good quality coursed rubble with dressed stone quoins, windows and door surrounds. The design uses traditional features such as vertical sash windows but importantly, the scale of the houses also follows the traditional pattern with first floor windows tucked under the eaves.
The houses are provided with small front gardens fronted by a drystone wall.
The development is an excellent example in the provision of affordable housing that fits comfortably alongside the historic core of the town. The stone is of a good quality and well employed, and the use of traditional sash windows help make the scheme successful.
Are there aspects of the scheme that could be considered as being less successful?
Because of the adjacent car park, provision of additional parking to the front of the houses can give the development the appearance of being marooned amongst parked cars.
Keywords: DESIGN IN CONTEXT