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New Ground Cohousing


Client Hanover Housing Association and Older Women's Co-Housing Group (OWCH)

Site area 0.3

Number of homes 25

Homes per hectare 78

Local authority London Borough of Barnet

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

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

“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

“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

“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

“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 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


  • 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