Wolverton Works Mixed Use Development

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Wolverton Works Mixed Use Development

Location

Wolverton, Nr. Milton Keynes

Client

St. Modwen

Services
  • - Masterplanning
  • - Landscape Architecture

One Creative Environments Ltd. (One) was appointed by St Modwen as landscape consultants on this challenging residential redevelopment of the old Wolverton Works site in Milton Keynes. Our scope included:

- An initial appraisal of the site and proposals including an arboricultural survey to BS5837:2012
- A landscape and visual impact assessment of as part of a fully coordinated Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
- Preparation of a Landscape Design Strategy
- Landscape Masterplan
- Public Realm Strategy

Project Benefits

  • Adding value to the development proposals through the understanding and appreciation of the sites opportunities and constraints in landscape terms. Influencing and shaping the residential masterplan in collaboration with the design team, to capitalise on the sites assets and design in a well considered series of spaces to provide ‘Go to places’ and ‘Go through places’.
  • Pro-activity and experience streamlines the design process - The team’s ability to offer up front advice ensured the client was advised of any potential issues to enable solutions to be incorporated early in the project.
  • Close Coordination with Heritage Consultant - To ensure the unique attributes of the site were designed into the fabric of the public realm.

Project Overview

Wolverton Works was established in 1838 for the construction and repair of locomotives for the London to Birmingham Railway (LBR).  In its heyday it was a thriving railway operation employing thousands of people.

Currently, the site comprises over 500,000 sq ft of industrial and workshop buildings.  A planning application was submitted for a mixed-use regeneration scheme including employment use (c. 200,000) sq ft), residential (375 units) and a food store.

The landscape strategy for the residential masterplan was conceived in close co-ordination with the heritage strategy to create a unified landscape setting to the residential development.  This ensured a distinct, site specific identity that reflected its historic railway heritage.  The landscape strategy reflected the concept of Milton Keynes as a ‘Forest City’, created a sense of place with strong reference to the industrial rail heritage embedded into the public realm, clearly defined character areas and greatly enhance the bio-diversity of the site.