The first units of the exciting development BRE Bricket Wood have been completed, with owners now living in them.
The site was Brownfield, and set previously as part of the Building Research Establishments Campus within the Metropolitan Green Belt. Planning approval for 100 dwellings was granted in December 2016.
The scale of the development is predominantly 2-3 stories with a clear street hierarchy that creates a sequence of varied and interesting public spaces. The mixed typology and scale of linear courtyard houses, terraces and apartment blocks set within a series of public green spaces is nestled within mature woodland which allows the development to successfully blend with the existing nearby housing with minimal impact on the green belt location.
The buildings themselves use brick as the primary material that establishes a consistent language throughout the development punctuated with large areas of glazing to maximise the views and natural light within the dwellings and allows residents picturesque views of the surrounding woodland. The large panels of brick are articulated with considered brick detail to add interest to the street scenes.
As part of the development brief from the BRE the development is the first scheme to achieve a Home Quality Mark (HQM), along with BREEAM communities ‘Very Good’ and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.