Leicester-based architectural practice, rg+p has been appointed in a multi-disciplinary capacity on the city’s major new sustainable urban extension scheme, Ashton Green.
The firm has been retained as architects, master planners, urban designers, planning consultants and landscape architects on phase two of the project, which will deliver 305 residential dwellings. Rg+p will work alongside Leicester City Council and developer, Kier Living to deliver the £85m scheme.
Ashton Green is an ambitious and significant regeneration project situated on the northern outskirts of Leicester. Proposed by Leicester City Council, Ashton Green represents the most substantial, mixed use development in the city for more than 30 years and includes the provision for up to 3,000 new homes together with community and health facilities, employment land, retail space and approximately 13 acres of green open space and wildlife corridors.
James Badley, Director at rg+p commented: “Ashton Green is a not only a landmark scheme for Leicester but also for our practice. The development sits within a wider urban design framework created by Leicester City Council and our philosophy embraces this approach, allowing the green space and wildlife corridors to flow into the scheme. Our design includes different character areas that specifically reference Leicester’s heritage and these are being distilled to a design code that will deliver a fresh architectural response and interpretation.”
Phase two at Ashton Green will see both private residential and affordable housing created, including a mix of one and two bedroom apartments as well as two to five bedroom homes. Kier Living and rg+p will host a public exhibition to showcase designs and seek feedback from the local community on Friday 23rd March, 4.30pm – 7.30pm at Glebelands Primary School ahead of a reserved matters planning application being submitted. Work is estimated to commence on site in spring 2019.
Kier Living’s technical director, Mark Rees said: “Kier is proud to be partnering Leicester City Council in the development of the Ashton Green site, this being a genuine flagship site for both parties. The location of this influential and central phase of the wider scheme will enable us to create a pivotal and inviting gateway to Ashton Green, which will set the design standard for the surrounding future development. We are confident that the collaborative commitment shown by all stakeholders will deliver not only a new residential environment of the highest quality, but one that is simply a great place to live.”
James Badley concluded: “Ashton Green will enable us to make a tangible investment in our home city where our influence can be seen on much of the surrounding cityscape. We’re pleased to be partnering Leicester City Council and Kier Living to deliver this ambitious scheme.”