(Heathfield, England UK), 2007
||outline proposal, 131 residental units
9 units for live/work
||BCT - British Ceramic Tile, Devon;
||Daniela Allmeier, Karin Dobbler
||approx. 58.700 m²
Land Use Strategy:
The plan foresees a mix of uses, including residential, business and services, and community.
What does this achieve for Heathfield? Rather than another residential development, the site offers an opportunity to add to the community and business services amenities of Heathfield, which are currently minimal. The mix can lay a foundation for a more balanced community in Heathfield; one which can begin to address the housing shortage in the region, while recognizing that segregated housing alone is not the answer to sustainable development. Additionally, the residential component adds a critical mass of residents to begin to balance out the largely industrial estate feel of Heathfield, and offer support for further amenities.
The Loop youth activities centre acts as a landmark building in the site, in its location, architecture, and program. The topographical shifts and circulation pull the visitor’s attention to it, as well as into the visual corridor of the pennyroyal village green.
In addition to the loop, a crèche and playground for small children is planned, along with some small, rentable, or community-designated units for party or playrooms, workshops, or hobby rooms.
Two types of B1 units are planned: Stand-alone B1 buildings which can be rented to small or medium businesses, and ground floors of loft buildings for smaller services or businesses alike.
Live/work types can be used for those who work from home or wish to start-up a business, as well as enjoy open-plan living.
Residences are divided into two types of terraced housing, and buildings with flats.