The Site In Context

There is a shared vision for the development of this site based on UKR’s principles, the proposals set out by CBC in the draft Local Plan, and our understanding of the constraints and opportunities presented by the site and its context. An exciting and unique place can be created through: an innovative masterplan; a variety of generous homes; and support for the lifestyles we expect in the future.
Biggleswade Site

Development Values


Inspiration

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

Exploration

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.

Destination

make the development and Biggleswade, somewhere that people will choose to make a day out from London and the Midlands, offering something unique.

Collaboration

bring other creatives, from tattooists to technology businesses, to chefs into the design progess.

Aspiration

acknowledge how surrounding villages have evolved over time and the picturesque qualities that this brings.

Variation

weave the landscape deep into the new community subdividing the new settlement into segments of varied urban grains, sizes and densities.


The Masterplan


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.