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Lime Tree Square | FCB Studios | Street Somerset

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  • Achitect: FCB Studios
  • ICON development
  • landscape architect: Grant Associates
  • shared space and public realm consultants: Hamilton-Baillie Associates
  • engineers: ARUP
  • client: C&J CLARK PROPERTIES, CREST NICHOLSON
  • project value: £50 million
  • 10.7 ha
  • 138 one and two bedroom apartments, as well as two, three and four bedroom homes
  • 30 affordable homes

From the authors:

  • the first phase of a new urban quarter of 400 homes in the West Country market town of Street
  • this new neighbourhood offers a fresh model for high quality housing where the balance between cars and people is redressed, offering homeowners a range of private, semi-private and public open spaces that provide an attractive landscaped setting for family life in the 21st century
  • Phase One was completed in 2009 with 138 housing units, including 30 homes for social rent built by Knightstone Housing Association
  • the project achieved the highest score ever awarded by CABE’s Building for Life, with 19 points out of 20 achieving a Gold Standard. It won a Building for Life Award in 2009 and was selected by CABE as a case study in a new design guide for the public realm of housing developments.

From the Architecture center:

  • Lime Tree Square is a £35m scheme to redevelop a 10.65 ha site formerly occupied by Clarks shoes
  • Shared space road design used as an alternative to conventional traffic calming
  •  Houses made from Structural Insulated Panel System (SIPS)
  • Solar panels on roofs of 47 phase-1 houses provide hot water
  • Mechanical heat recovery system pre-warms incoming fresh air
  • Rectilinear grid to maximise permeability and legibility
  • Home zone and shared space principles are employed giving pedestrians priority over cars
  • All the public spaces are overlooked by housing so that children can play outside more safely

From ICON:

  • Semi-private garden streets, mews and courtyards
  • A central 600m sustainable reed bed drainage system
  • Formal avenues, wild habitat area, landscape zones and a village green
  • Large linear park and pocket parks throughout
  • Ponds and reed beds to reflect the local Somerset levels
  • Attractive and productive orchards and herb gardens
  • Equal rights for cars, pedestrians and cyclists in a calmed environment
  • Street art including a shoe tree, sculptures and topiary
  • Door stop detailing for an integrated streetscape

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