A development of six new build homes on a brownfield site within the centre of St. Albans. Urban planning and neighbourly constraints were addressed using a palette of traditional materials with a modern approach that won the support of St. Albans Conservation and Design team. Three storey mews houses replace an existing workshop buildings to the west of the site, with two storey link-detached houses to the south. Existing brick walls are retained to enclose new gardens and a shared children’s play area. Each house uses large areas of fixed glazing with openable timber panels and carefully arranged screening devices to allow for daylight and views whilst maintaining privacy in this tight urban setting.