West End Morecambe

  • Location: Morecambe
  • Programme: 2005-2008
  • Client: Adactus Housing Association & Lancashire County Council

A local authority initiative entitled ‘Winning Back Morecambe’ is intended to revitalise the deprived West End district of the town. Arca was commissioned to design new family homes from the large Victorian terraced houses, typically used as bedsit accommodation in recent years.

Arca’s approach was to use the diffuse nature of the initiative – 30 or more properties across the area – as its distinctive feature. Each home features a ‘signature’ element, made of timber. Just as Victorian builders used a pattern-book approach to assembling the houses – bay windows, dormers, porches, steps – so Arca proposed a new contemporary kit of architectural parts to attach to the buildings.