The Little Alex was a public house formerly occupying the site. The immediate area is a contrast between the new, thriving area of Hulme and the traditional 1960s style terrace council houses of the once notorious Alexandra Park estate. MBLA wanted to create a landmark development as the location is critical forming a new gateway into Moss Side. Influenced by projects in the Netherlands we believed that this was an ideal opportunity to determine a contemporary architectural style that would act as a catalyst for wider investment. The development was designed to a green agenda, exceeding Building Regulations energy performance and incorporating solar panels and a grey water system. The internal arrangement of the dwellings is either a traditional duplex layout or an interlocking duplex that is typical in many Dutch housing projects.