Mayors London Housing Design Guide

The Major’s London Housing Design Guide opens with the words ‘the finest city in the world deserves the finest housing’ and, at Pinnacle, we’re incredibly proud to be part of London’s architectural traditions.

Minimum space standards are at the core of this new guide, which pushes for improvements in these areas so that design remains a key part of new housing delivery. We understand the necessity of minimum space requirements in such a crowded city, but those requirements do not mean that anybody needs to compromise on design or quality in housing. That’s why we place such emphasis on space saving home designs and contemporary living.

The guide has 6 main sections that cover a range of housing issues and how they should be approached in future.

Shaping Good Places

London grew from a collection of smaller towns, and the communities still retain their unique aesthetics and characters. Development proposals need to consider those contexts and maintaining the legibility of an area as well as the pattern of buildings, public spaces, and the current landscape. Any larger changes need to be in line with the local vision, rather than an individual build.

Housing for a Diverse City

Diversity is one of London’s biggest strengths, and the housing in the city needs to reflect that. Sizing, tenures, locations, and accessibility all need to be varied and appropriate to the location to deliver what London really needs.

From Street to Front Door

Unsurprisingly, cycle storage is a key issue in this section as well as clearly identifiable entrances, limiting the number of homes per floor, and available car parking. All developments are now required to provide storage for at least 1 cycle per flat.

Dwelling Space Standards

While the requirements are still small, with the minimum size for single bedrooms set at just 8m squared, there are requirements for adequate study/work space and communal areas.

Home as a Place of Retreat

Homes are required to have:

  • Privacy
  • Dual aspect
  • Features to limit noise pollution
  • Minimum floor to ceiling heights of 2.5m

as well as at sufficient glazing and sunlight in habitable rooms.

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

As well as providing acceptable living standards for inhabitants, new homes need to satisfy the London Plan policy on sustainable design and ideally achieve a minimum Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable homes.