The brief was to develop a typology for a new suburb for Milton Keynes, a New Town founded in the 1960s. Our aim was to avoid another demographically homogeneous suburb. Migrants to Milton Keynes tend to move to the most recently completed area. The social and economic climate of the day dictate the age, race and socio- economic class of migrants. This process has created increasingly segregated communities. 

Our response was a return to a long established, historically evidenced form of settlement in Britain, the ‘long plot’. This sustainable and dynamic form of settlement divides the land into longitudinal plots, their short edge facing the street. At inception, each plot sustains a single building onto the high street, creating a coherent street scape while maintaining suburban densities. This model allows for flexible future intensification. On the example of one plot we demonstrated how this typology would allow people of different generations to live together on an interdependent yet autonomous ‘multi-generational plot’.

Our submission was awarded a commendation and was exhibited in London and Berlin. In 2009 we travelled to Berlin as delegates at the Europan 9 Symposium held at the prestigious Haus der Künste.

Site overview

Long Plot phase 1

Long Plot phase 2

Long Plot phase 3

View of the fully developed plot (1)

View of the fully developed plot (2)

View of the fully developed plot (3)