Mamhilad, Urban Village

Our inter-disciplinary team have secured permission for a new contemporary urban village with unique history, on behalf of Johnsey Estates UK, the owners of the thriving adjacent employment hub that is Mamhilad Park Estate, and owners of the wider site for over 30 years.

This result is the culmination of intensive research and development with Johnsey Estates as well as engagement with Torfaen County Borough Council over five years. Time has been taken to develop a proposal that goes well beyond a typical housing / regeneration development given its unique location and opportunity to bolster and broaden this successful business park which employs over 1,700 people across a variety a businesses and occupations.

We have sought to develop proposals that will transform the vacant 52-hectare brownfield site into a self-sufficient 21st century community providing 975 homes, a new neighbourhood centre with shops, leisure facilities and a primary school. All purposely situated around extensive areas of existing woodland and one of Wales’ largest Listed Buildings the Nylon Spinners Factory – which sits at the heart of the development.

Barry Williams, Urban Design Director said “This new village seeks to deliver a harmonious relationship between the former industrial land and its landscape setting which includes ancient woodland, weaving together old and new. Renovated industrial buildings will coexist with a multi-functional landscape, creating a dramatic backdrop for a new healthy and sustainable community that has a strong local identity. We want to deliver a place where people will want to live, work, play and visit.”

Creating a sense of place, and an environment which supports health, wellbeing and accessibility have, from the outset, been a vital part of the brief and subsequent proposals. The masterplan integrates and enhances the existing woodland and watercourse, creating green corridors to encourage habitats and biodiversity, while linking in to a wider green infrastructure network looped throughout the new community. As well as facilitating active travel, and high levels of green immersion for residents and visitors, these spaces accommodate allotments, orchards, children’s play areas, seating and water features. All streets are pedestrian friendly including shared surface areas to encourage easy and enjoyable movement and access to village amenities, as well as the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and neighbouring communities.

Detailed proposals for the alterations to the listed Nylon Spinners Factory and associated curtilage buildings have also been developed by our architects and urban designers, as have landscaping designs for the village square and the central park. Working as a fully inter-disciplinary team of planners and designers of all types, a Design Code for the entire village (including detailed house typologies), and a Listed Building Application for alterations to the Grade 2 Listed factory building have also been developed to support the application. This interplay of design services and ability to co-ordinate a rare and unique building consent application as part of a wider vision for a new community has played an important role in piecing together the masterplan and developing a vision for the future.

Tom Macklen, Associate Architect said “Retaining the history of this site was imperative and has led to industrial architecture informing the design, layout and appearance of the proposed new houses around the listed building to ensure the two sit together in unison. This site presented us with a unique opportunity to establish a future for a unique listed building for years to come. By preserving historical features whilst making positive changes in a contemporary manner we have incorporated this history into a new life, a new community for the future.”

Mark Roberts, Director said “Mamhalid Village is an exciting new urban community which will build on the success of the growing employment hub. The new urban village will provide a variety of new homes for the area, creating a place where residents will want to live, work and play and place where people will want to visit, enriching and transforming a disused but magnificent area. The investment that Johnsey Estates have made will ensure that a wide variety of employment opportunities in over one million sq ft of commercial space are already available for the new village – a huge advantage for a new community like this.”

Project Details

  • Brownfield land
  • One of Wales’ largest Grade 2 Listed Buildings
  • 47 acres of residential development
  • 927 homes
  • A new primary school
  • Play and recreational facilities including a central neighbourhood park
  • A neighbourhood centre with shops & a leisure centre
  • Highly accessible location
  • Extensive green infrastructure and shared surface accessibility