Practice gets go-ahead for site near Alison Brooks’ Stirling Prize-shortlisted Newhall Be scheme

AR Design Studio has won planning permission for a run of new family homes in the Harlow expansion area where Alison Brooks’ Stirling Prize-shortlisted Newhall Be development was built.

The Winchester practice said its three-storey, four-bedroomed homes were a determined response to a plot constrained by existing development and roads to three sides.

It said the scheme, for client Little Acre Developments, maximised views to nearby woodland and combined both a sense of “visual permeability” between the three homes with “unity and horizontality” at ground-floor level.

Each house features a primary timber-clad unit, while the two “bookend” street-corner properties have second-floor oriel windows clad in the same metal as the ground floor, to allow – in the words of the practice – each property to “turn the corner and address each street through a material relationship”.

AR Design Studio's new Harlow homes

AR Design Studio’s new Harlow homes

Newhall is ultimately expected to house around 6,000 residents. In addition to Brooks’ 85-home Newhall Be development, its 560-home phase included 78 off-site-manufactured properties by Proctor and Matthews, and homes by Richard Murphy.

The scheme’s second phase includes more than 200 homes by Sheppard Robson, which completed last year.

Newhall Be, Harlow, Essex by Alison Brooks Architects

Source: Paul Riddle

Part of the Newhall Be scheme by Alison Brooks Architects