Derwenthorpe Phase One

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Photography credit: © Richards Partington Architects

Level of Award



Yorkshire & Humberside

Local Authority Area



Information about this scheme

Embodying the ethos and legacy of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, Derwenthorpe is a mixed tenure, exemplar community of energy efficient homes, designed to meet the demands of both current and future inhabitants.  It delivers a sustainable residential development within a generous landscaped environment providing much needed housing on the periphery of York. The design draws on the rich architectural legacy of Joseph Rowntree’s model village at nearby New Earswick, planned by Parker and Unwin over a century ago.  Steeply pitched roofs, painted brickwork and striking dormer windows are combined to create a distinctive sense of place.  At the heart of the scheme is a well-designed public square with benches and local area for play.  The movement infrastructure gives priority to pedestrians.  ‘Home zones’ – single surface streets with no kerbs and limited car access and speeds - and landscaped courtyards provide further opportunities for play.  All of the houses have private gardens and many have double-height sunspaces.



Richards Partington Architects


Richards Partington Architects


Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust

Landscape Designer

FIRA Ltd / Richards Partington Architects

Main Contractor

David Wilson Homes Yorkshire East Division (trading name of BDW Trading Limited)


Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust

Project Manager

MDA Consulting Ltd

Services Engineer


Structural Engineer

Alan Wood and Partners

Specialist Sub-Contractor

Centre for the Built Environment, Leeds Metropolitan University

Primary Use Class

Class C3 - Dwelling Houses