Harlow North was a proposed by Ropemaker Properties Ltd, the property nominee of the BP Pension Fund to build a sustainable urban extension to Harlow in 2005. The proposal was based on mixed use development of 10000 new homes in walkable neighbourhoods with social infrastructure, commercial industrial and retail uses providing 12000 jobs. Future growth was predicted to reach 25000 homes with over 30000 jobs by 2025.
iCube had a long involvement with this project from inception in 2005 via an Enquiry by Design involving the Princes Foundation where we appointed to the masterplan team. The early stages of the project required a framework for the entire site from which phasing and later detail was developed (See Eastwick Neighbourhood in Design section of the website)
Significant discoveries of offshore natural gas since 2010 provided the opportunity for Mozambique to become a major gas producer but required significant new supporting infrastructure. Pemba (regional capital of Cabo Delgado district) delivered many of the key criteria required by the offshore oil and gas industry for shore based support facilities.
The Masterplan was led by WSP with iCube as principal masterplanner. The port facility had a quay wall length of 5,500m alongside a subsea facility of over 140ha with the supply base totalling 300ha. This was supported by non-port related uses including a commercial zone and a residential component comprising:
- A ‘Green Village’ of c1000 units of short stay, long stay and family accommodation
- Commercial development to provide direct support services for the oil and gas industry also attract secondary commercial activity these include engineering design and manufacturing, construction industries, helipad, crew change terminal, hotel, convention centre, clinic, restaurant, supermarket, legal, banking and financial services at scale substantially greater than currently exist in Pemba.
- Education facilities - In addition to schools the localisation agenda will require oil and gas related industries to employ a proportion of local labour, in order for this labour force to be effective in this industry formal training will be required.
- Community facilities - The masterplan will also need to take into account leisure, retail and other community facilities.
iCube has had a long involvement in this part of Norfolk. Initially working with the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment through using an Enquiry by Design approach in Old Catton - Sprowston-Rackheath -Thorpe St Andrew Growth Triangle to deliver a framework in support of Broadland District Council’s Joint Core Strategy as a potential location for 10,000 homes.
Soon after, Beyond Green Developments in partnership with a number of landowners – including the Beeston Estate, Norfolk County Council, the Alderman Norman Foundation and the Morley Agricultural Foundation proposed a new community on land to the north of the city.
Working with Paul Murrain iCube were asked to prepare a new framework plan for this part of the city fringe used in public consultations and setting the principles for the next stage masterplan for which outline planning permission was been granted. Beeston Park is to deliver 3,500 new homes and supporting jobs and infrastructure, incorporate new schools, community facilities and a new Country Park.
This capacity exercise of the new residential development at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut was to show it was possible to deliver a rural village concept at acceptable densities, plus provide the necessary POS all within the site boundary. The previous scheme been the subject of considerable debate between the landowner (Defence Estates) and the Council. This scheme supported a number between 1500 – 2000 units whilst the Council, felt lower densities more appropriate.
The purpose of the study was to provide an independent review of the form and capacity of any new development and provide a view on appropriate numbers and densities. The capacity study showed that 1200 dwellings of mixed tenure and sizes were possible raising the population in Deepcut to about 6500, whilst still providing in excess of 333ha of POS the majority of which is SANGS in three areas and ANGSt in two main areas.
Chesterton Sidings, part of the Cambridge Northern Fringe was one of Cambridge City’s most important growth sites, and was focus of much attention for well over 10 years. The Cambridge City Council Local Plan called for the creation a ‘distinctive new urban extension’ consisting of mixed typology housing, commercial and retail, community facilities an new railway station and guided bus links to Easter Cambridge. South Cams District Local Plan complimented these aspirations.
Taking a holistic view of the Northern Fringe (which included landowners such as Anglia Water, the City land and Network Rail) and producing a comprehensive masterplan for the entire area is one thing, but ‘reversing’ that process to produce a workable first phase of such a masterplan whilst accommodating competing uses on the site could produce a completely different outcome. The aim of the concepts and resulting plan was not to let that occur.
Thameside West - an area of the Royal Docks around the new West Silvertown and Pontoon Docks DLR stations - currently houses a number of under-utilised wharfs and areas of industrial land. It is proposed to rationalise the wharves into a single revitalised facility and to release land for new development including housing, school and employment uses.
iCube was appointed alongside Maccreanor Lavington to prepared a development framework guiding the planning of the area. The focus of the work was examining the traffic implications of the wharf; the impact of development on public transport infrastructure; and the interface with other proposals such as the Silvertown Link across the Thames.
iCube was appointed to review the transport proposals contained in the current and emerging Legacy Masterplan as part of a “90 day review”. The work comprised a combination of workshops and desktop analysis.
A particular focus of the study was to assess the number and quality of connections between the site and neighbouring areas for pedestrian and vehicular movements taking into account the constraints on and off the Legacy site and the likely future demands.
Further workstreams examined the parking policies being proposed and made recommendations as to the best way to achieve the transport objectives set for the Park.