TOWN is working with an award-winning team of exceptional designers including URBED (masterplanning and landscape), Mikhail Riches Architects, Mole Architects, Elliott Wood (structural engineering), Max Fordham (building services engineering), and Civic Engineers (civil engineering and transport) to deliver 115 new homes, eight new shops and a dedicated community space, plus new streets and landscaping.
The design is based on a grid of tight-knit, walkable streets. These will connect to existing streets, paths and backways. Radcliffe Street will be reinstated, connecting Church Street to The Square. A new ‘mews’ street will run east-west past St George’s Church. Two new car-free ‘little streets’will run north-south from Church Street, aligning with existing paths.
This street grid defines six urban blocks each containing a mix of shops, flats and houses. Shops will be located at ground-floor level on the corners along most of Church Street and The Square, complementing existing retail. Shops will have flats above, rising to three or occasionally four storeys. The sides of each block will comprise two-to-three storey houses. Each dwelling will have a private balcony, garden and/or terrace, and some blocks may have additional semi-private green space shared by the residents.
The development will have a strong sense of “Wolvertonness”, and while the architecture of the scheme is contemporary, it learns from Wolverton. Red brick is the main facing material, with subtle variations in tone and pattern, complemented by bands and pillars of glazed brick and coloured stone or concrete. Generous, vertically proportioned windows give a familiar rhythm to the buildings, while paired front doors with varied porch and window surrounds echo an important Wolverton trait.
Car parking to serve the development is delivered through a mix of on-street parking – like elsewhere in Wolverton – and in a basement parking area to the west of new Radcliffe Street. Alongside the development, it is proposed to introduce one-way vehicle movements along Church Street and Radcliffe Street north of the site to enable major improvements to bus stopping and standing facilities and passenger arrival/departure.
We’re proud that the planning application has benefited from the input of over 300 local people over the last two years, resulting in improvements to the design including better bus stopping arrangements, retained views of St George’s Church from Church Street, more refinement to important corner buildings and variation of the roofscape.
Overall, the development is highly compliant with the local and national planning policy and guidance, including the 21 different objectives of the Wolverton Neighbourhood Plan which was published primarily to guide the redevelopment of the site.
You can see the submitted plans and documents here.