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Newbury ‘later living’ development

Plans submitted

5 December 2017

We’ve submitted plans for a new mixed-use development at the heart of Newbury. Developed as a benchmark scheme for Eden Retirement Living, the proposals for 11-15 Bartholomew Street include 61 apartments for independent ‘later living’ together with communal facilities, concierge services, guest accommodation, retail units and car parking.

The 5,693m² building is designed as a series of 3 and 4-storey blocks arranged in a C shape and centred around a split level landscaped courtyard. Overlooking the main garden is the residents’ lounge, arts and crafts studio, and fitness suite. On the upper courtyard level, raised planters are used to define communal garden areas and private patio spaces.

A simple material palette of red brick and bronze is enriched by a variety of textures and details including brick frames, smooth light bronze panels and recessed balconies. Inspiration has been drawn from the neighbouring 19th Century Georgian buildings and courtyard spaces to design a contemporary scheme that responds sensitively to the local context and provides an attractive backdrop for the Grade I listed St Nicholas Church.

TAGS Residential, Later Living, Retirement, Newbury

Chalgrove, Oxfordshire

Green light for 120 new homes

9 October 2017

Our proposals for 120 new homes to the edge of Chalgrove have been approved by South Oxfordshire District Council. The mixed tenure development will provide predominantly detached and semi-detached 2, 3 and 4-bedroom dwellings.

Houses are accessed from short semi-private cul-de-sac lanes which are served by a primary loop road. Separate pedestrian and cycle routes run from north to south linking the existing village to the new community via the lanes and the green spaces. A new Scout Hut will provide a landmark community facility for both the new and the wider community to enjoy.

The village and the site itself have significant flooding issues which are dealt with using several dry ponds and swales distributed down the sloping site to store water before slowly releasing it into the river at the bottom. These SuDS solutions provide green spaces within the site, reinforced by tree banks which divide the housing up into smaller communities.

TAGS Residential, masterplan, oxfordshire, Chalgrove

Winchester Station Approach

RIBA Competition

31 August 2017

We were one of five shortlisted practices in an open competition held by RIBA and Winchester Council to redevelop ‘Station Approach’, the area between the Cattlemarket and the station. The brief called for mixed use developments incorporating workplace, residential and retail accommodation with improved public realm.

Our proposal, submitted in collaboration with Metropolitan Workshop and Henley Halebrown, draws on the identity of Winchester and looks to realise the potential of the site and its gateway location. The initial design concept includes a tight-knit group of related buildings which together create a series of narrow and wide public spaces and connecting routes.

TAGS Winchester, RIBA Competition, Station Approach

Haringey Housing

Planning submitted

27 July 2017

We’ve submitted plans for 72 new homes at Plevna Crescent in Haringey. The development is arranged over four apartment blocks and offers a mix of studio, 1, 2, 3 and 4-bed apartments. The proposed scheme embraces the existing landscape and responds to neighbouring residential areas to create a strong sense of place and community for future residents.

A family of four lightweight pavilions, ‘float’ on top of a grounded stone plinth. At ground floor, gabion walls create a sturdy base that helps bed the scheme into the landscape. Cedar shingle cladding reflects the ecological setting and the irregular texture compliments the non-uniform arrangement of windows. Over time the walls will be inhabited by local wildlife, bringing nature and ecology into the development. Green roofs will also offer habitat for existing ecology.

TAGS Housing, London, Haringey

ESFA Technical Advisors

Priority Schools Building Programme

26 July 2017

This year we have been working with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) on the Priority Schools Building Programme 2. We are currently working with a number of schools and sixth form colleges in the Thames Valley region, undertaking feasibility studies and providing planning and design advice to help deliver their educational vision.

TAGS Priority Schools Building Programme, PSBP2