The Common House will be the focal point of the community, and we are working together to finalise its design. At its heart will be a shared kitchen and eating area (and food store), where we will share regular communal meals. The eating area will be flexibly designed, so it will also be a place where people can come for coffee, or to read, relax and chat round the wood-burning stove, and there will be a play room for the children.
The Common House is also where we'll collect our mail and do our laundry, and there will be guest bedrooms for visitors. The kitchen and eating area will be built to the same eco-standards as our homes, but there are also some existing buildings that we plan to re-roof and re-paint and use for storage and workshop space.
The Common House will have a communal garden and terrace with views over the Lune, and our soft landscaping group are looking at the best way to use this space. Elsewhere on the site there will be communal gardens outside each riverside terrace, and we have plenty of space for allotments and wilder grassland and woodland areas too.
Here is the current Common House and shared space layout plan from our architect.