We have been working for a number of years on designs for this extremely sensitive site on the edge of the City of Bath; within the designated World Heritage Site and the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and surrounded by Green Belt land.
The first phase, of approximately 200 dwellings, has been designed to create a beautiful new additional to the architecture of Bath, but one which draws on a local Arts & Crafts vernacular rather than the formal, classical Georgian language found in the City centre.
The specific site for these houses is in a piece of land well-contained by mature, established tree belts. The parcel of land suggested a simple grid to the masterplan and from this we drew on the sense that this should feel liked a planned and structured piece of urbanism, rather than anything more organic.
We spent some time, with the client, looking at the design and masterplanning of Hampstead Garden Suburb in developing our proposals. The architectural language draws closely from the Cotswold tradition with extensive use of stone walling and stone slate roofs.
The designs have been through an extensive pre-application consultation with local people and officers and were submitted for planning in 2017. Attention will now begin to turn to the next phase of the development which is intended to have a more village-like, organic character.
The Hignett Family Trust and Countryside