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Sheppard Robson wins planning for Newhall housing

Sheppard Robson has won planning for the next phase of the Newhall housing scheme in Harlow, Essex

The second phase of the project will include 239 houses in 11 different housing types.

The first phase of the scheme, designed by Alison Brooks Architects, was shortlisted for last year’s Stirling Prize (see AJ 20.09.13).

The Sheppard Robson-designed housing will be built from a mix of different bricks, slates and timbers, based on a study of the colours and characters of the local area.

The main route through the development is defined by large three-storey, brick townhouses, while towards the edges of the development overlooking the surrounding woodland, timber has been used.

The brief called for a design which ‘moved away from generic volume housing, creating a project that used high-quality architecture to build a new neighbourhood in a rural location’.

Alan Shingler, partner at Sheppard Robson, said: ‘Newhall is a continuation of our work on major scale housing developments - such as Barking Riverside – which pushes to create not just buildings but also the social glue that allows communities to thrive. On Newhall, the design has been supported by a client that understands the value of high-quality contemporary design and wanted to follow the success of phase one of the project with designs of a very high quality.’

When completed the 280 acre Newhall development will have 2,800 homes.

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