The Site In Context
Draw inspiration from a variety of sources:
- aesthetic of the English landscape
- confidence and brashness of the Victorians
- playfulness of the Brighton Pavilion
- ‘showfullness’ and illusion of the theme park
a place to live for outdoor pursuits and recreation with lakes and new landscapes, sports and outdoor activities and ecology and nature, linked to the RSPB at Sandy.
make the development and Biggleswade, somewhere that people will choose to make a day out from London and the Midlands, offering something unique.
bring other creatives, from tattooists to technology businesses, to chefs into the design progess.
acknowledge how surrounding villages have evolved over time and the picturesque qualities that this brings.
weave the landscape deep into the new community subdividing the new settlement into segments of varied urban grains, sizes and densities.
In total the proposal is for 1,500 new homes with a wide range of associated facilities including a new primary school and a wide range of non-residential uses from a bakery to farm shops and coffee shops that together will support a way of life that is the best of urban and country living.
The masterplan creates an organic layout based around the journeys of residents through the place, moving from recognisable denser places towards green spaces and the open countryside within a few paces.
It creates places that vary, with a denser centre and other gathering places for the community, recognisable through appropriate building forms of small apartment buildings with shops, offices, cafés and restaurants on the ground floors. These places might have a little square or green with an oak tree to gather under.