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Raise The Roof

Can we make homes more affordable and efficient to build, less damaging to the environment and more flexible to our changing needs?

Can we reimagine our relationship with the land and work with local materials sustainably?

How can building projects support the renewal and enrichment of local economic, cultural and civic life without reducing biodiversity and contributing to the climate crisis?

Is there a more ecological, creative and compelling vision for affordable housing developments in Bridport?

R A I S E  T H E  R O O F  began in response to the local need for affordable housing in Bridport, West Dorset. Confounded by the climate crisis and economic uncertainty, we started looking for more imaginative ways of building community resilience, beginning with the people and materials of the place.

In the next decade the population of Bridport, home to 10,000 residents, is expected to grow by as much as 20%. This expansion is Bridport’s most significant in 100 years, and although development of this extent has the potential to create good new jobs in growing industries, invigorate and build resilience in the local economy and enrich local community and civic life, there is also the risk that this 21st century period of development will leave the town and the wider area not enriched but depleted. With traditional industries and local people left to wither while a newer, more affluent population takes up residence in expensively built new residential neighbourhoods and the traditional spaces and businesses that employed people locally are replaced or moved out.

Bridport, UK

Raise The Roof
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