Metropolitan Workshop was appointed by Urban Splash to lead the masterplan for the competition winning bid for Campbell Park North. The last remaining site on the periphery of the park located on the edge of Milton Keynes city centre, it provided a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the rich architectural history of the city’s residential development as well testing our solutions for a more flexible suburban housing model.
Designed to provide a minimum of 1250 homes the original masterplan followed the Milton Keynes grid with a series of neighbourhood blocks that ran perpendicular to the park along Silbury Boulevard, the main road that served the site. Each block was separated into three parcels. At the highest point of the site, the top parcel was arranged into traditional terrace housing running north to south. Efficient street frontages maximised the back to back condition to provide generous communal gardens that ran down into the retained ancient portway that ran as a connective thread through the site. The middle parcel delivered a greater variety of house types along with small villas centred around a more formal courtyard. These courtyards from one block to another hold their own distinct character and use that will encourage interaction of its future residents. The bottom parcel addressed the park edge with the introduction of taller villas that oscillated in height along the road.
As the site continued westerly away from the city centre the parcel framework was repeated until reaching the canalside. The unique waterside setting providing an opportunity to create a new destination for the city. Linear barge houses were located running up to the water’s edge and set within connected public squares supporting new leisure and commercial use.
Team: Grants Associates (Landscape) / Shedkm & Glen Howells Architects (Collaborating Architects)
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