Housing in a Heritage Setting
The Group designed this new ‘estate village’ of eighty-two dwellings in the former gardens and parkland of Coton House, a Grade II* statutorily listed country mansion. The site had been formerly used as a training centre and the principal early C18 listed building had suffered major damage and had been overshadowed by new buildings that have now been demolished.
Outline and listed building consents were obtained for a master plan on behalf of the landowner to establish the principles of a development that would support the restoration of the heritage assets. Subsequently the Group provided a detailed scheme to address matters reserved in the earlier consent. The new houses and conversion of the former stables and estate buildings were designed by the Group for CALA Homes, and the restoration of the mansion to a single dwelling and conversion of the former dairy to residential use for Barry Howard Homes. The layout of the new dwellings has been woven-in to the remnants of the original garden paths and landscaping, including the old walled garden, topiary garden, ‘moat’ and groups of specimen trees. Two new entrance lodges have been designed on either side of the drive to replace those previously demolished to widen the highway.