Berkeley breaks the mould with new housing model

Posted 15 June 2016 by Helen Christie

Berkeley Homes has unveiled a new customisable home, the Urban House, designed for modern living...

At a time when demand for three- and four-bedroom homes in London sees 13 prospective buyers for every available house, the three- or four-bedroom Urban House from Berkeley Homes adapts to different lifestyles, making it suitable for first-time buyers, those raising a family, considering downsizing, or who need to manage a disability.

This is the first time a major developer has designed and developed its own housing typology.

The Urban House maximises usable space and is efficient to run. Environmentally, it outperforms standard housing, cutting up to 25% off utility bills through innovative use of building materials and enabling residents to save over 80% on gas and 30% on water bills. The unique design of Berkeley’s Urban House is a response to the urgent need for high quality housing built at a density that can sustain communities, while accommodating the growing population.

The Urban House boasts spacious, airy interiors and offers low-maintenance living. It has a roof terrace with 360 degree views, off-street parking with electric car charging points and provides covered cycle storage.

Much of the building’s footprint is given to exterior space. Rather than a back garden, each Urban House features a private roof garden to maximise the living area of the property, as well as offering a safe space for outdoor living and playing. 

The first homes have already been built at Kidbrooke Village, providing much sought after family homes in the heart of one of London’s newest villages. 

Charles Davies, one of the first buyers of an Urban House at Kidbrooke Village, says: “I was drawn to the unique design. It has all the best aspects of a flat – a terrace, balcony and view, plus all the benefits of a house – space to park a car, room for a family and also a good area with great schools, parks and shops.”

Karl Whiteman, divisional managing director at Berkeley Homes, says: “The Urban House offers you a home that is flexible, economical and beautifully designed. It has light, space and character. It can be adapted to meet people’s needs as their lives change – whether that’s caring for an elderly relative or downsizing once the kids have flown the nest. And that stability means you can form long-term friendships in the neighbourhood and really feel a part of your community.”  

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