Arden Quarter is located in Stratford-upon-Avon and is an exciting gateway site adjacent to the main railway station that will create an enchanting new identity to the edge of this world famous market town. The proposals include a rich mixed-tenure housing scheme with 29 new houses, 58 general needs apartments, 102 extra care apartments and an element of retail space. The design works within a previously consented and implemented road layout, the higher density extra care accommodation is located to the southern edge of the site presenting a series of striking gable forms to the Alcester Road frontage giving the scheme a strong architectural presence to the wider context of Stratford-upon-Avon.
There is a transition in scale towards the northern part of the site where the two- and three-storey houses are arranged in ‘streets’ and within innovative new ‘Mews’ to the northeast corner, an area left undeveloped on the previous consent.
PRP are appointed to complete both EIRs and will be novated to prepare the working drawings. This continuity will ensure the resulting scheme will create an exceptional piece of townscape to compliment this world famous market town.
The landscape design creates delightful new public realm which includes a ‘Pocket Park’ adjacent to the main entrance, a community play space, public café terraces and beautiful private gardens as well as a roof terrace to the extra care building. There are exciting opportunities for public art along Station approach and within Station Square. The Pocket Park includes an abstract Bovine Sculpture, cattle hoofs playfully cast into concrete and a reclaimed drinking trough found on the site reminding us of its agricultural trading past.