After World War Two Southampton Council approached architect Herbert Collins to design its first post-war housing scheme at Maybush, on a site bounded by Coxford Road and Romsey Road. His plans incorporated many different types of house plans, as in his earlier housing developments in the town, and were rejected by the council on grounds of expense. Collins then handed over the project to his partner J. Norman Calton who produced a more acceptable standardized scheme using only four different house types. The site plan followed the usual Collins layout with cul-de-sacs, green bordered winding roads and open-plan front gardens. Hardwick Close was part of this development and was started in 1950.

Further reading:

Herbert Collins 1885-1975: Architect and Worker for Peace, by Robert Williams, p49 (HS/i)


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