The original 2007 report: Recommendations for Living at Superdensity
This report was produced in the hope of influencing the Mayor’s Housing Strategy. It is the work of four of London’s major consultants specialising in residential development – HTA, Levitt Bernstein, PRP and Pollard Thomas Edwards architects. Normally rivals, they are collaborating because they are all seeking answers to the same question – how to design for the opportunities and risks posed by the shift towards much higher density housing.
The practices have compared notes on their work in progress, first to propose and define a new ‘superdensity’ threshold of 150 homes to the hectare. They have also pooled knowledge to assess how this threshold is being crossed with schemes of even higher density: these schemes reach levels of density which, despite 120 years’ experience in housing collectively, these practices have rarely encountered.