Developers TOWN and Trivselhus are 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).
The emerging 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 ‘little streets’, which could be car-free, 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 with 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.
We want the development to have a strong sense of “Wolvertonness”, with the architecture being a contemporary expression of Wolverton’s Victorian character. Red brick, generous proportions, subtle variation and careful detailing will be uppermost; watch this space for emerging images.
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.
The design has already benefited from input from engagement with a working group of representatives of local organisations, faith groups, retailers and residents. Around 60 local stakeholders attended a design day in March 2019. The plans are being developed further prior to the submission of a full planning application in late 2020. You can see the latest plans here.