HARWELL CAMPUS

Client    Harwell Partnership
Architect     Hawkins Brown Architects
Status   Complete

 

THE SCHEME   The Framework Master Plan for Harwell Campus will inform the evolution of the 290Ha site to accommodate new homes, amenities, businesses and large scale science facilities where over 5000 people work. 

LANDSCAPE INTEGRATION AND CHARACTER ASSESSMENT   The Framework Master Plan is supportive of a wider master planning process, and as such particular focus was paid to landscape integration and character assessment, as the ex-military site lies within the North Wessex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A Landscape and Visual Appraisal was carried out to assess the views and visual significance of the area within areas of rolling chalk land and open farmland in South Oxfordshire. 

LANDSCAPE STRATEGIES   Strategies for public open space, play, green infrastructure, ecology, street character and circulation were created for the campus. Particular attention was paid to the indigenous ecology of the site, including a variety of habitat provisions such as ponds, woodlands and grasslands. An integrated, connected network of usable public realm is also proposed in response to the lack of usable social spaces currently found on campus.