The Uplands estate was the first estate designed and built by Herbert Collins in Southampton and set the tone for his later developments. It was built in Highfield in the 1920s and 1930s and eventually consisted of about two hundred houses and flats. The houses, built in Georgian cottage style, are arranged in pairs or terraces set in a variety of groupings. The blocks of flats were carefully designed to fit in with the houses. The internal roads are grass bordered and the buildings are interspersed with trees and open spaces.
The estate was built on the site of Uplands House (sometimes called Highfield Uplands) and grounds, home of the McAlmont family in the late 19th century. It was purchased for development by the Collins family after they had failed to acquire the adjoining Portswood House estate. The house was demolished and the grounds divided up for building. The first houses were built in Brookvale Road in 1922 and then in Orchards Way, followed by Highfield Close, which consists of three blocks arranged around a central square with a sunken pond. Development in Uplands Way and Glebe Court followed in the 1930s. The estate is now a conservation area and the houses are still much sought after.
Herbert Collins 1885-1975: Architect and Worker for Peace, by Robert Williams. (HS/i)
Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p586. (H/i)
Uplands Estate, Southampton, by Robert Williams. (HS/i)
Herbert Collins 1885-1975: Architect and Planner, by Robert Williams. (HS/i)
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