Knight’s Close, Billesdon, Leicester

Waterloo Housing Association
Contract Duration:
13 Months
Project Description:
Construction of New Affordable Homes
Design Team:
Pelham Architects : BSP Consulting Ltd

Located within a Conservation Area, on a prominent corner site overlooking a main road into Billesdon, the works involved the design and build of dwelling units to enable local residents to remain in their community.

The site was commenced by the demolition of vacant and unsightly two storey bed sits, the removal of trees and the reshaping of a large embankment, to allow for construction of 18 new homes and 39 parking spaces.

The construction presented numerous challenges all of which our project team fully embraced e.g. the restricted nature of the site, bounded by residents and a busy road, along with the protection of existing trees and bats.Geda worked collaboratively throughout the project with all authorities and local residents to ensure all reasonable steps were taken to address and control these challenges.

The new development supplied a mix of 1,2 and 3 bedroom affordable local homes for the community.

As Billesdon is a picturesque village it was important that the new houses blended into the surrounding architecture. The design of Knights Close successfully compliments the surrounding area by incorporating the Georgian characteristics of the locality.

For example, the houses had features incorporated such as dormer windows, walled gardens and timber door surrounds.

The careful specification & design of finishing materials also helped to incorporate the houses such as Flemish bond brickwork and walls with capping detail.


Winner ‘Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development’ at the LABC East Midlands Building Excellence Awards

Winner ‘Residential’ at the FBE East Midlands