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Bell Phillips wins go-ahead for 128 'council houses' in Essex

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Bell Phillips Architects has won approval for this 128 home, council-backed scheme in Tilbury, Essex

The project will be the first to be built by Gloriana - a new body set up by Thurrock Council to deliver new housing on council-owned land.

The company is to lead on the development of the nearly 18,500 new homes which are set to be built in Thurrock by 2021.

The practice landed the job, which will occupy the grounds of the former St. Chad’s school pulled down in 2009, following a design competition in late 2013.

Construction is expected to begin in summer this year (2015) with Willmott Dixon already appointed as contractors.

The architect’s view

‘The development comprises a hierarchy of avenues, streets and mews each carefully considered in terms of width, proportion, materials and housing typologies to imbue each with a distinct character and sense of place. Houses, either terraced townhouses or courtyard houses, have been designed with a nod to historic models that make them at once contemporary yet familiar.

‘With the site located within the Thames floodplain, sustainable drainage has been an important element of the design. The linear park and other public spaces incorporate extensive swales and stormwater attenuation tanks that fulfil an important role in restricting rainwater run-off.’

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