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Barton Willmore reveals first images of 'Healthy New Town'

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Barton Willmore has released images of its detailed designs for a new 500-home ‘healthy living’ neighbourhood development in Hampshire

The practice is masterplanning, landscape, architectural and planning consultant for the 21ha development at Louisburg Barracks, a former MoD site in Whitehill & Bordon.

The project, which received planning approval in April, is the first stage in the regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon, one of 10 new demonstrator housing developments under NHS England’s Healthy New Towns programme

Under the programme, clinicians work with planners to promote healthy lifestyles through the design of the built environment. A total of 3,500 homes will be built at Whitehill & Bordon under the regeneration plan.

Spine Road

Spine Road

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Visualisation of Spine Road, part of Barton Willmore’s scheme at Whitehill & Bordon

As well as 500 homes (to be delivered by Barratt and David Wilson Homes), a fifth of which will be affordable, the first stage will provide 3.38ha of open space and 2.94ha of employment space. The development is designed around a gridded street pattern.

Louisburg Colour Layout  6

Louisburg Colour Layout 6

Alex Dutton, urban design associate at Barton Willmore, said the design drew on the building forms, details and materials found on and around the Louisburg Barracks site, with new townhouses either side of Parade Park recalling the existing barracks blocks.

He said: ‘Dedicated pedestrian/cycle paths and a town-wide signage strategy aim to encourage people to walk and cycle within the development and beyond, promoting healthy lifestyles and reducing dependence on the car.

‘Overall our design principles set out to create an accessible, legible, safe and above all interesting new neighbourhood that’s connected strongly with the site’s heritage. Each street has a distinct character and is treated as space for residents to use, rather than simply as a place for cars.’

Parade Terrace

Parade Terrace

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Visualisation of Parade Terrace, part of Barton Willmore’s scheme at Whitehill & Bordon

The homes are designed to Lifetime Homes standards and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.

The other nine Healthy New Towns demonstrator sites are: Cranbrook in Devon; Darlington; Barking Riverside; Whyndyke Farm in Fylde, Lancashire; Halton Lea in Runcorn; Bicester in Oxfordshire; Northstow in Cambridgeshire; Ebbsfleet Garden City in Kent; and Barton Park in Oxford.

Project data

Location Whitehill & Bordon, Hampshire
Type of project Residential/regeneration
Client Barratts and David Wilson Homes with the Homes and Communities Agency
Architect Barton Willmore
Landscape architect Barton Willmore
Planning consultant Barton Willmore
Structural engineer Rogers Cory Partnership
M&E consultant Rogers Cory Partnership
Quantity surveyor Client in-house
Planning supervisor Client In-house
Lighting consultant Rogers Cory Partnership
Main contractor Barratt and David Wilson Homes
Funding Assumed to be private
Start on site date May 2016
Completion date Construction period scheduled for five years
Gross internal floor area 500 homes with total GIA of approx 49,000m²

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