Hippisley-Cox, Charles (2017) The Moorpool Estate: A Visionary Edwardian Garden Suburb for Birmingham. In: Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?, 22-23 June 2017, University Of Derby. (Unpublished)

Built between 1907 and 1912 the development represents an interesting variation on the themes established by George Cadbury on the nearby Bourneville Estate. The Moorpool estate, like the well-known neighbour, was the product of the progressive thinking associated with the Liberal Non-Conformist tradition flourishing in Birmingham during the second half of the 19th Century.
The Moorpool estate has some significant factors from its inception that make it especially relevant to subsequent attempts at creating communities. The significance still resonates today especially with all our contemporary “housing” challenges. Relatively modern terms like low-density, inclusivity, diversity, mixed-use, work-life balance and sustainability are all anticipated in this utopian (but eminently practical) vision which survives tucked-away and almost forgotten just four miles west of the centre of Birmingham.
This study provides an introduction to the context and inception of the estate along with some consideration of the relevance to the current context of a critical housing shortage.

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