Collective custom-build model to turn housing procurement on its head
January 16 2023
An innovative collective build at Bath Road, Edinburgh, is in the final stages of obtaining planning permission, clearing the way for work to begin on a model which could help tackle the housing crisis.
Bath Road Haus by architect John Kinsley boasts a central heating-free design that is both affordable and places residents in charge of their destiny.
The trial site stands above a pub garden at the Shore, incorporating an extended bar on the ground level with three apartments above, with each occupant having a hand in designing their home.
The secret sauce of this approach comes from the novel introduction of shared ownership during the design and construction stages which enables future residents to pool resources and buy land - eliminating the traditional role of a developer and saving a minimum of 10% in the process.
This approach sees residents act as developers alongside a professional design and construction team, owning the apartments as normal once built. Built to Passivhaus principles the properties deliver the lowest possible running costs Incorporating a green roof garden the template is seen as being suitable for a wider rollout by CoHere Collective Custom Build, who have their eyes set on further projects including a community of over 30 homes above a cafe, bakery and bookshop.
Run by Kinsley and Pete Allen CoHere follows the template laid out at 26 Bath Road, the first collective custom build, which earned John Kinsley Architects the title of practice of the year.