AJ100 practice Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) has been given the go-ahead for 56 homes on the former Westbury Hospital site in Wiltshire
The 6,320m² scheme is backed by emerging independent housebuilder Backhouse and is being funded by the Housing Growth Partnership and Hampshire Trust Bank.
The site originally had outline consent for 58 homes, but Backhouse went back to Wiltshire Council with a smaller scheme ’to allow for more community space’.
According to Backhouse, the layout ‘focuses around several generous open spaces, bringing variety and character to the development and fostering a sense of place and community’.
The foundation stone from the original hospital, which has now been demolished, will be made into a piece of public art at the heart of the scheme ‘to preserve the important heritage and history of the site’.
Steve Russell, managing director of Backhouse, said: ‘Throughout this process, we have been aware of the importance of the site to the people of Westbury and worked closely with the council and community groups to create a scheme that reflects the town’s rich history and its ambitions for the future.’
Construction is due to start in August, with the first new homes expected to be ready for sale at the beginning of 2019.
Ahmm backhouse masterplan
Location Westbury, Wiltshire
Type of project Residential
Client Backhouse (Westbury) Limited
Landscape architect Greenhalgh
Planning consultant Planningsphere
Structural engineer The Willocks Partnership
Lighting consultant Hulley & Kirkwood
Main contractor Backhouse
Tender date April 2018
Start on site Demolition under way
Completion December 2020
Funding Housing Growth Partnership and Hampshire Trust Bank
Contract duration 30 months
Gross internal floor area Circa 6,320m²
Form of contract Subcontract basis