Mayfields is a vision for a new market town in Horsham and Mid Sussex which will provide homes for 20,000 people. Metropolitan Workshop worked collaboratively with Allies and Morrison, Studio Egret West, Maccreanor Lavington and ADAM Architecture to design a number of typologies of self-sufficient, walkable, neighbourhoods surrounding an urban centre which would be flexibile enough to provide a wide variety of densities whilst adapting the existing landscape features. Metropolitan Workshop’s ‘Homestead’ neighbourhood typology was developed to become the ‘Wealden Farmstead’ – a group of buildings including detached, semi-detached, terraced housing and apartments set around a communal garden or orchard – which were strongly linked architecturally to the Wealden Vernacular types: the farmhouse, oast house, granary, and cattle stable.
Team: Allies and Morrison, Studio Egret West, Maccreanor Lavington and ADAM Architecture (Collaborating Architects)
Collaborators: Peter Freeman
The design consists of clusters of adaptable homes in a spacious, rural setting, these ‘homesteads’ provide flexibility and construction efficiency offers opportunity to flex the mix of occupancies/density within the same two/ three storey, built envelopes.