First look at Stirling Project designs


The first look at how the Stirling Project could look. Credit: Form Design

The first look at how the Stirling Project could look. Credit: Form Design

The first designs for Stirling Project have been released.

Based on the site of a former residential care home Honicknowle Green, the Stirling Project is a proposed development of 25 self-contained affordable homes to rent.

Taking inspiration from the successful Nelson Project, it is hoped that 12 of the proposed homes will be self-built by former service personnel in need of housing.

During the course of the build, the veterans will earn construction qualifications that will help them develop the skills needed to engage with the project and gain valuable job-based skills.

Plymouth City Council has again teamed up with partners, LiveWest and charity Community Self Build Agency, with designs provided by award-winning architect Graham Lobb of Form Design.

Design and scheme illustrations will be on show for the first time at a public consultation event at Honicknowle Youth Centre on Thursday 7 February.

Open between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, the event will give residents the opportunity to view and feedback on the proposed plans before a planning application is submitted by LiveWest later in the year.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing and Cooperative Development, said: “I am delighted to see the new designs for the Stirling Project and I look forward to talking to residents about this amazing scheme.

“We promised to build on the success of Nelson and provide more veterans’ housing in Plymouth and I’m delighted that thanks to partnership working, we are on our way to delivering this.”

Graham Lobb of Form Design Group said: “We pleased to be able to design a project at the heart of the Honicknowle community. Hopefully the new residents will be able to enjoy living in apartments designed that make the most of the green spaces that surround them.”

Gareth Jones, Development Director at LiveWest, said: “We are very pleased to be working with the same team to deliver more affordable homes in the City”

Stirling House was a former residential care home, owned by the Council, which had been empty for several years. It was finally demolished in October 2018. The project will also use the land created by the demolition of the nearby disused Honicknowle health clinic, formerly owned by the NHS.

The scheme follows on from the completion of the Nelson Project in October 2017. This multi-award winning scheme saw the construction of a 24-home development that includes 12 self-build homes for military veterans and 12 mixed use affordable homes, including supported housing.