The Village, St Austell
Part of the St Austell regeneration programme, homes in The Village have been carefully designed to complement the local neighbourhood character. Designed by Alan Leather Associates and David Lock Associates.
The Village is a three hectare brownfield site of a former railyard at the heart of the town of St Austell near the South coast of Cornwall. The scheme provides a range of house types and tenures, as well as a supermarket, chemist and an Enterprise centre. A separate phase of the development on an adjacent site is a new business park and a leisure centre and doctors.
The site sits on a steep gradient and road layout is curved with key buildings at corners to naturally slow down traffic. The exterior design of the homes is traditional in keeping with local house types, with styles ranging from local terraced housing to those of a Cornish fishing village.
The scheme is an integral part of the St Austell Regeneration programme and was developed through a partnership and land agreement between local authority and RSL with units then built by Midas Homes. So that rather than selling the land to the highest bidder, the local authority has instead worked with both parties to develop the land and deliver a high quality mixed use town quarter.
The Building for Life judges pointed out, "It looks like it’s grown organically. The variation in styles, the road lay-out, and the streets all fit together very well."