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New Ground Cohousing
Hanover Housing Association and Older Women's Co-Housing Group (OWCH)
Site Area
Number of homes
Homes per hectare
Local authority
London Borough of Barnet
Evening Standard New Homes Award 2017 - Winner
Housing Design Custom-build Award 2017 - Winner
Housing Design Award 2017 - Overall winner
Sunday Times British Homes Award 2017 - Winner
Build It Award 2017 - Winner
Building Award 2017 - Winner
Inside Housing Development Award 2017 - Winner
Housing Design HAPPI Project Award 2016 - Winner
World Habitat Award 2024 - Bronze

This pioneering cohousing scheme creates 25 customised homes and a shared ‘co-house’ clustered around a walled garden.

PTE developed an interactive design process for cohousing groups and provided a full service from concept to completion.

It has been inspiring to work with a group of women of such focus and enthusiasm, and to see how beautifully they are inhabiting their homes. The project has also demonstrated that working with a cohousing client and the collaborative design process that we undertook together need not add time or cost to the development. New Ground should be a strong encouragement to other committed and organised groups to realise their own dream projects.”
Patrick Devlin, Partner, PTE
We are making history, and we are extremely proud. We are unique, but we don’t want to be unique.”
Shirley, OWCH member and resident
I felt so proud showing guests around New Ground and my flat in particular. We really are blazing the trail for senior cohousing. It is exciting and a privilege.”
Charlotte, OWCH member and resident
A wonderful day, perfect weather and the garden full of plants in sunshine displaying their potential for growth and putting down strong roots, just as we are all planning to do here, in our new homes, together, in Barnet. All thanks to the marvellous group of people who helped us bring this about and who were here to celebrate our opening with us …at last!”
Angela, OWCH member and resident
We are delighted to have been part of this ground-breaking development with OWCH. It’s been quite a journey and it represents the culmination of a true partnership. These beautiful new homes are testimony to the enduring energy and tenacity of the women of OWCH and we wish them every happiness in the future.”
Claire Anderson, Deputy Director, Hanover Housing Association
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