Linden Homes, Midsomer Norton

Landscape Design, Open Space Assessment and LVIA for industrial site redevelopment

Client

Linden Homes

Background

The Alcan packaging factory at Midsomer Norton in Bath and North East Somerset closed in 2006, leaving a derelict property of some 10 ha in area.

Linden Homes acquired the site for redevelopment as a mixed use scheme comprising mainly residential with some employment and community facilities.

Description

Landmark worked with the masterplanning team to design a scheme comprising 169 dwellings, a community building and flexible employment space with three principal green spaces, each with its own identity and function.

New tree planting was a key element of the design, which has helped to integrate the dense development into the surrounding area and to provide a generous wildlife corridor between two existing woodlands. Consultation with the local planning authority and community revealed a strong demand for a new pedestrian and cycle link to the town centre. This has been designed into the scheme despite onerous site constraints including a steep wooded disused railway embankment. A series of smaller hard squares were introduced to create nodal points throughout the scheme with a focus on pedestrian priority and traffic calming.

Client Benefits

Landmark delivered a co-ordinated service in terms of LVIA, open space assessment and landscape design, enabling delivery of a cost-effective and attractive mixed use scheme.