TateHindle Architects

Project

Northstowe

The overall vision for Northstowe, Phase 2A is to create an attractive residential neighbourhood that will support the emergence of a sustainable modern community for the 21st Century.

Centred around a new urban park, Phase 2A forms an important part of a masterplan to deliver up to 10,000 new homes. Comprising a mix of 440 apartments and houses, the development will integrate existing and proposed residential areas with surrounding countryside, while providing a transition between the neighbouring town centre and the less urban areas of Rampton Drift and Northstowe Fields.

As part of Homes England’s drive to embrace Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) on the site, dwellings comprise a combination of traditional construction, panelised timber frame and hybrid pods.

A new urban park

The urban park provides a key landscape feature delivering a vibrant and uplifting community space for residents to enjoy. Phase 2A delivers an exemplar, beautiful and sustainable community that will provide interesting and varied space for all. Within the neighbourhood’s range of house types there will be a variety of natural environments including community orchards, allotments and shared gardens.

There will be a network of pedestrian and cycle links and the busway that will provide opportunities to connect to the wider development of Northstowe through green forms of travel.

Sustainable community

Sustainability is a key theme running throughout the scheme. 50 per cent of dwellings will be constructed with Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) including bathroom pods, timber frame technologies, sub-assemblies and components throughout.

The design strives to create and nurture close-knit communities with all dwellings designed to be Lifetime Homes to accommodate the changing needs of residents.

The arrangement of all shared spaces including entrance lobbies and corridors, lounges and leisure areas is intended to create opportunities for social interaction. An abundance of space, light and air will offer comfort and security, as well as uplifting environments.

Respecting the landscape

The urban park provides a strong visual spine which contributes to the site’s biodiversity, by creating a series of new wildlife corridors throughout the neighbourhood. The site is respectfully integrated with the surrounding greenway, water park, and Rampton Rift on the boundary.

Buildings have been positioned to frame streets and landscaped spaces, whilst maximising views and connections between areas. As a result, a variety of different character areas have been created within the site.

Residential streets comprise a rich mix of dwellings arranged to provide interesting and varied street scenes. This is aided by distinctive architecture and landscaping that references the local vernaculars, materials and history, all of which shape the diverse architectural heritage of the region.

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