Acting as masterplanning, landscape, architectural and planning consultants the Louisburg neighbourhood forms part of eco-town and ‘healthy new town’ Whitehill and Bordon.
The former military site, Louisburg Barracks, is a new 500 home neighbourhood on the northern edge of Whitehill and Bordon, delivered by Barratt and David Wilson homes. Spanning 21 hectares the site will deliver a variety of new and affordable homes, significant employment space (2.94 hectares) and a variety of open spaces (3.38 hectares), including a new central park.
The Louisburg neighbourhood addresses the key principles of the original eco-town vision and will create a distinctive, high quality and sustainable development that acts as a positive gateway to Bordon.
Preserving the identity and history, our design approach is rooted in Bordon’s military garrison heritage. The gridded Street pattern is designed to provide ease of movement, prioritising pedestrians and cyclists, whilst together with the built form and open space aims to retain and prolong the military legacy of Bordon.
Alex Dutton, Urban Design Associate explains “Architectural designs are linked to the main character areas proposed and draw upon the building forms, elements, details and materials found on, or around the Louisburg site. We have paid particular attention to the new homes either side of the Parade Park. These entirely bespoke new townhouses recall the existing barracks blocks by providing strong and continuous frontage to the east and western side of the park.”
The Parade Park, a central focus and new park for the town as a whole, connects to all of the open spaces and provides opportunities for both exercise and also discovery of the site’s Heritage, through the on-site trim and Heritage trails. Further key spaces around the edge of the development form a threshold to the surrounding woodland and provide residents with spaces for informal play, relaxation, small-scale food production, exercise and socialising. The variety and distribution of these spaces aim to foster community spirit and engage the residents with the environment, as well as drawing people from the wider town to the new neighbourhood. Complimenting this, Alex explains, is the shared surface approach to the road system; “Dedicated pedestrian/cycle paths and a town-wide signage strategy aim to encourage people to walk and cycle within the development and beyond, promoting healthy lifestyles and reducing dependence on the car.”
Sustainability has been woven throughout, from homes minimising energy use, significant enhancement of biodiversity and water saving measures through to ensuring the neighbourhood’s existing facilities are future-proof, adaptable to population increases.
Alex said: “Overall our design principles set out to create an accessible, legible, safe and above all interesting new neighbourhood that’s connected strongly with the site’s heritage. Each street has a distinct character and is treated as space for residents to use rather than simply a place for cars. These design principles are reinforced by measures that address the Building for Life criteria aimed at creating a neighbourhood that fosters social interaction and engenders a sense of community. All homes are also designed to Lifetime Homes standards as well as Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.”
“We’re all used to hearing these terms and principles, but combining and implementing all of these elements together is rare and is what makes this new community stand out; this is no doubt what we want to be seeing more of.”
The transformation of Louisburg Barracks is the start of Whitehill and Bordon’s regeneration, which will see 3,500 new homes built for the local community.
Planning was granted on 24th April.
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