Masterplanning

At Woldon we recognise that sustainable development is to be found in creating an effective relationship between communities, buildings, and their natural environments. Whether the site is urban or rural, we work in close collaboration with our clients to define strategies that enhance a sense of place through high-quality design.

We strive for simplicity and find intelligent and imaginative solutions from complex site conditions to accommodate future growth and regeneration.

Ours is a landscape-led approach with an appreciation for external spaces, views and routes through and around the site. The masterplan framework is informed by careful analysis of multiple factors such as phasing, public and private spaces, service and user spaces, amenities and renewable energy.

We closely observe the opportunities and constraints which arise on each site. This includes mixed use scenarios, heritage and ecological concerns, and the building’s interaction with the natural environment.

Woldon’s particular talent lies in managing the collective – the interests of those engaged in creating the masterplan. We listen to the views of all parties, while still maintaining a strong vision and providing leadership for the entire process.

Assisted Living, Wiltshire 

The scheme provides a range of apartments and chalets supported by wellness facilities in a landscape setting.

The proposal seeks to optimize the site to create an exceptional place to live and for a community to thrive. The concept combines a range of unit types and sizes, supported by on-site facilities that can accommodate the evolving needs of residents over their life time.

The layout is based on a central village green, with units around the perimeter. The concept includes four building types: 2 bed bungalow, 2 bed chalet, and 1 and 2 bed apartments.

The site is landscaped to provide an attractive village feel, that is safe and easy to navigate. Vehicle access runs close to all the units but without dominating the site.

The principal car park for visitors and the residential block with circa 16 cars is located next to the main site access.
All bungalows and chalets face onto the central green as well as each having their own private patio area. Car parking, mobility scooter parking and discreet bin stores are provided close to bungalows and chalet.

The 3 storey residential block houses a mix of 1 bed and 2 bed apartments from ground to second floor. At ground floor there is a welcome reception and community facilities including a cafe, lounge and wellness space.

Chapel Farm Motel, Oxfordshire

Woldon delivered designs to develop the farm land to form a new 50 bed motel with assiciated parking and a soft landscape courtyard. Designs also include extending the farm offices into a new workspace unit, establishing a new business hub on the edge of Chippuing Norton. The provision of a motel and business hub, providing further commercial offi ce units, aff ords the opportunity to enhance the services available to Chipping Norton and the surrounding area - without increasing congestion within the centre of the town, bolstering the local economy.

The motel layout has been based on a courtyard arrangement with the bedrooms housed in two linear barn type structures along the east and western flanks.
Rooms are accessed off a covered terrace based on the traditional US style motel model, popular from post WWII onwards, lifted through contemporary design rooted in the local vernacular.

The central welcome hall addresses the car park and provides a focal point for arrival. This will house a resident check-in area, snug, flexible event space and back of house functions. All motel rooms face onto the central landscaped courtyard which acts as a shared breakout space providing opportunities for alfresco dining and picnicking.

A dedicated service courtyard ensures all laundry and bin collection traffic is kept away from visitor parking areas. Following the consent for the new offices within the barns at Chapel House Farm there has been numerous enquiries for further grade A office accommodation at this location. The proposed masterplan sets out the opportunity to provide a further 10,000 sq ft of offices with the potential for 40 + new jobs on the edge of Chipping Norton.

Redesdale Hall, Cotswolds

Woldon developed designs to revive the town hall, which sits centrally within an AONB village in the heart of the Cotswolds. The brief was to introduce an effortless flow for the public to utilise the building from the high street on thriving market days, planned council activities and public realm attractions. Designs include upgrading the business services, upgrading the thermal efficiency, kitchen facilities, storage, relocating the local bus stop, opening the side entrances and creating a  By moving the bus stop to the proposed position, Redesdale Hall and its surrounding area becomes a central location for safe and friendly pedestrian congregation. This would establish Redesdale Hall as a cultural centre of the high street.

Dunkirk Farm, Gloucestershire 

Woldon has been instructed to explore the feasibility of providing a new customer-facing plant centre and rural retail facility at Dunkirk Farm. Designs show initial concepts ideas to provide a commercial underpinning for the refurbishment and renovation of the dilapidated farmstead, providing a financially sustainable future for the site and its historic buildings.

The proposal assumes a landscape-led approach to unlock the site potential. The concept works with the existing buildings and topography to create a customer journey that draws the visitor to the heart of the site, leading them out through the various retail and hospitality offers.

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