A new neighbourhood is emerging at Port Loop where homes have been built around communal gardens and parks – in contrast to the typical fenced in private garden spaces seen across the UK.
In traffic-free green streets, surrounded by water and wildlife, each resident can enjoy the feeling of openness and freedom in the carefully landscaped shared gardens, public parks and playgrounds, which have been designed to promote play, community life and socialising.
People are now using their homes differently, with space for home schooling and working from home not seen as a bonus but as a part of the new residential norm. As well as providing much needed homes for the region Port Loop promotes multigenerational healthy living, which is crucial for good mental health and wellbeing for all. Inside each Brick House home the connection to the outside continues, high ceilings, tall windows and glass doors on the ground floor all flood the homes with light. Upstairs living spaces have juliet balconies with french doors and throughout layouts are also open and free flowing, maximising the feeling of space.
Over the last few months, residents at Port Loop have come together to demonstrate a fantastic community spirit, with people really getting to know their neighbours and providing each other with an invaluable support during these difficult times. This was on show over the August bank holiday weekend with a community organised outdoor cinema showing of The Italian Job with Urban Splash sponsored wood-fired pizza, popcorn and drinks for everyone. Making the most of the blue space at Port Loop, Olympian Andy Train also organised some family-friendly canoeing challenges down on the canal.
In a short space of time, Port Loop is proving itself to be a literal ‘breath of fresh air’ with space to relax, get outdoors, get to know your neighbours and let children run free.