Promotional material for the housing development at Mallard Place

Promotional material for the housing development at Mallard Place

This is a brochure for a Span Developments housing estate at Mallard Place, Strawberry Vale, Richmond-upon-Thames, London. Architects Eric Lyons and Geoffrey Townsend formed Span in the late 1950s and, together with landscape designer Ivor Cunningham, built over 2000 homes in London, Kent and Surrey in the 1960s.

Span's well-designed, economical and low-rise housing placed modern design features - flat roofs, open-plan interiors and large windows - in harmony with the surrounding suburban landscape. Communal gardens, car-free zones and rear parking forged a sense of community among residents. In keeping with this sense of community, Span introduced a resident-controlled company to monitor the landscape, maintenance and the alteration of buildings within their developments.

Mallard Place is distinguished from other Span developments in its bold use of colour, high density and luxurious amenities, including a communal swimming pool. The estate won a Civil Trust Award in 1983 and a Housing Award in 1985.