July 22, 2018

Team appointed for second phase of Leicester £85m sustainable urban extension scheme

Leicester

A Leicester-based architectural company has been appointed to work on the second phase of the city’s new £85m sustainable urban extension scheme, Ashton Green.

Rg+p has been retained as architects, master planners, urban designers, planning consultants and landscape architects on phase two of the project, which will see 305 homes constructed.

The company will work alongside Leicester City Council and developer Kier Living on the scheme.

Ashton Green is situated on the northern outskirts of city 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, said: “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.  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.”

Badley added: “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.”

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