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McDowell and Benedetti bags planning for massive JCB job

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McDowell+Benedetti has secured outline planning consent for the redevelopment of JCB’s Heavy Products site in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire - nearly three years after winning the project

The practice saw off competition from Glenn Howells, Bauman Lyons, DEGW, Letts Wheeler Architects and Robert Adam Architects to win the RIBA contest back in 2008.

The approved scheme ‘re-integrates’ the key nine ha site back into the town centre and creating 257 homes, 4,200m² of shops, 5,000m² of offices and a new three ha town park dedicated to the Bamford family - the dynasty behind plant specialists JCB.

McDowell+Benedetti netted the contest with a full team, including engineers Alan Baxter & Associates, Max Fordham, quantity surveyors Jackson Coles, landscape architects Whitelaw Turkington and Dickon Robinson.

The practice has developed the competition-winning scheme ‘as the single-appointment multidisciplinary masterplanner and architect’.


The relocation of the JCB Heavy Products factory to a new, larger and more accessible £40 million plant next to the JCB World Parts Centre on the outskirts of Uttoxeter has presented the opportunity to redevelop this important town centre site and contribute to the wider renaissance of Uttoxeter.
The previous factory buildings have been demolished and the site cleared. Development will be in phases working from east to west, with the first phase likely to include: the definition of the new park and realignment of the brook, together with the ground floor retail and mixed-use above.

Detailed masterplan contains:
- a new 3 hectare Town Park with re-aligned brook and pond
- 257 Homes, of which approximately 95 per cent are family houses with gardens
- 5,000m² of offices (potential landmark engineering innovation centre)
- 4,200m² ground floor retail (aiming to be the UK’s most sustainable large food-store)
- 3,000m² of D1 (potential health centre, museum / art gallery, education / crèche etc.)

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