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Jing Tang, China
Colman China was instructed to develop a strategic master plan for the development of a new neighbourhood to accommodate 20,000 inhabitants in Jintang, an area 30 miles outside of Chengdu. The aim was to create a sustainable community that would mix residential with commercial, health and education facilities. By effective land use planning, shopping, work and leisure would be brought closer together, reducing journey distance enabling people to walk or cycle. The whole project was intended to reverse the current trends of large scale developments and recreate town centres in a form that referenced traditional Chinese villages, developing a uniquely Chinese contemporary style.
Phase 3 - Elmsleigh Shopping Centre, Staines-Upon-Thames
Phase 3 - Colman Architects is continuing to work closely with the Borough of Spelthorne and clients Clerical Medical Investment Group in the successful transformation of the Elmsleigh Centre in Staines, Middlesex. Spelthorne are freeholders of the Centre, with a 125 year lease granted to CMIG. The multi-phased development strategy of the Elmsleigh Centre forms the initial component of our Master plan to expand Staines town centre, in accordance with Spelthorne’s Planning Brief. Planning Consent was granted for the Phase 3, extension, to the South Mall. This includes 125,000 sq./ft. of residential development comprising 124 apartments, of which at least 43 will be affordable. All units have been pre-assessed to level 3*** of the Code for Sustainable Homes and are also designed as Lifetime Homes. Two new retail units (of 50,000 sq./ft. and 19,000 sq./ft.) anchor the South Mall extension which integrates the new Bus Station.
Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
Colman Architects was asked to investigate the possibilities to improve an area within Letchworth that was deemed to not positively contribute to the Town Centre. Our response sought to improve the critical mass of the retail by providing larger shops that will attract both national and international retailers. In addition, the proposals reinforced the historical leisure uses to the south of the site by creating a new Town Square with surrounding restaurants and cafes, adjacent to the Grade II listed Hall. The budget cost for this mixed use development was £60m and included 80,000 sq./ft. of retail space and 8,000 sq./ft. of leisure facilities. 365 underground car parking spaces would be provided for the 250 contemporary residential units made up of flats, maisonettes and penthouse apartments, surrounded by landscaped gardens. The project incorporate sustainable measures that would not only affect the design and construction processes but also the lifetime cost of running the building.
Waterside Drive, Walton, Surrey
Colman Architects was been appointed by Elmbridge Borough Council to create an exciting new sports facility in Waterside Drive, Walton. The site, adjacent to the Xcel Centre comprised of Walton Casuals Football Ground and a public park area. An Outline Planning Application received approval for a new sports facility that will include a new football and athletic stadium with a 300 seat, covered, spectator stand and further seating on the opposite side of the stadium, making use of the existing Walton Casuals’ stands, with the additional of a covered standing area behind each goal. New Astro turf and extra grass pitches were to be used by the club’s Youth Teams and new changing rooms to be located below the stands. The proposals for a new 8 lane all weather athletics track, including areas for field events, was been designed to meet Club and ‘Sport England’ requirements with the addition, too, of changing rooms available for use by schools and the community. The new sport and leisure facility was designed to provide community facilities such as a children’s playground, picnic area, outdoor gym area and open space.
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