Design process - Water Colour
There was a commitment to consult extensively with existing communities before developing the masterplan. In 2004 and 2005 some 200 Redhill and Merstham residents took part in workshops looking at highways and transport, landscape and amenity, and sustainability. Initial proposals were revised to improve road access under the mainline railway and re-route bus routes. When complete, Water Colour will include a medical centre, veterinary surgery, a 60-bed residential care home, and additional children’s play facilities – which residents had specifically requested.
The scheme has created an additional 6.8 hectares of public open space which is connected to the housing and transport links by a network of landscaped pedestrian and cycle routes.
Water Colour’s street layout broadly follows a grid pattern, with clear definition and a legible hierarchy. The main avenue incorporates the new bus route and links key spaces with the surrounding street network. Shared surfaces and home zone designations restrict vehicle traffic.
The masterplan for Water Colour defined a series of ‘character areas’ which sit within an overall architectural and landscape framework. Each has distinctive housing types, bespoke to the particular neighbourhood and using building materials, render and a simple colour palette drawn from a limited range. Overall, there is a unique sense of place.