From its offices in Canterbury, the Clague team designed the development of 266 new homes at Beaulieu Park, near Chelmsford, on a sensitive site adjacent to the nearby New Hall School, a former palace of Henry VIII and deer park.

The scheme has been shortlisted in the Placemaking Category for the best housing scheme with fewer than 500 homes.

Christopher Sherlock-Scougall, Associate at Clague, said: “The design promotes good placemaking through the creation of a series of unique linked spaces and by street hierarchies, architecture and landscaping.

“The public square formed between two of the zones acts as a wayfinding element for future generations, as well as delivering a generously and innovatively designed tree-lined avenue featuring pocket gardens that provides a direct axis to the retained deer park of New Hall School to the south east.”

The Clague designed zones are part of the wider Beaulieu Park development which seeks to provide an economic boost by developing much needed housing, commercial uses, schools, with a new train station proposed to support the residents and business to the north east of Chelmsford.

Christopher Sherlock-Scougall added: “Along the key routes, and within each road, a series of smaller hard landscaped spaces aid way finding and create different characters within the parcels. These design considerations led to an innovative and original layout for both zones and will improve the quality and sense of place within this area of the Beaulieu Park Masterplan.”

Clague paid particular attention to the edge of the development as it needed to be sensitively designed with small private roads, generous landscaping and detached houses to create a soft edge with New Hall School.

The development forms a truly inclusive mix of homes. It includes an allocation of 30% affordable units spread throughout four distinct areas with both apartments and houses with a range of different sizes from 1 bed to 3 bed. The private market housing also provided a big range of units from 2 and 3 bed apartments, as well as 2 to 5 bed houses in a variety of forms, including terraced, semi-detached and detached units.

Christopher Sherlock-Scougall, concluded: “Extensive consultation between Chelmsford City Council, Countryside Properties, Clague and the local community has produced two zones of housing that represent the best of placemaking, high-quality landscaping and design.”




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