The Avenue | PTE | Saffron Walden

  • architect: Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • developer and contractor: Hill
  • planning authority: Uttlesford District Council
  • site area 2.9

From the author:

  • 76 new homes ranging from one-bedroom flats to five-bedroom detached houses
  • includes 25% affordable housing and 18 flats and small houses specifically designed for the over-55 market
  • the scheme responds sensitively to its mature landscaped context, within a Conservation Area and adjacent to a listed water tower
  • it creates a series of character areas which reflect the pattern and character of the neighbouring townscape
  • maintains and enhances the intrinsic qualities of the site
  • the heart of the scheme is a retained avenue of mature lime trees, The Avenue. The homes here are arranged around courtyards behind a new garden wall, or are set back beyond grassed and planted verges
  • the new landscaping includes relocated native hedgerows, planted fruit trees from existing rootstock on the site, and retention of most of the mature trees



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