Exceptionally strong landscaping sets this scheme apart. It creates a series of attractive public spaces and gives the development of 523 homes a distinctive character.
Early involvement by the local community and comprehensive landscape analysis underpinned development of the concept, layout and arrangement of Water Colour, a residential scheme under construction on a former Surrey sand quarry. The Building for Life judges commended the design’s relationships with new watercourses and open spaces that run through the site, and its two lagoons.
A simple palette of colours, textures and building materials defines the scheme’s different neighbourhoods. These relate well to each other and to existing and newly created landscape features.
Water Colour offers several bespoke standard house types across a good range of sizes. These are available through affordable or private purchase, in a tenure-blind distribution. All achieve Ecohomes ‘very good’.
Additional facilities planned include a new bus service, office space, small supermarket, a residential nursing home and medical centre.
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