Date posted: May 5, 2017
Phase 1 of Quebec Park, the first major housing development at Whitehill and Bordon – Hampshire’s Green Town, which is set to be an exemplar sustainable community – has completed. It is anticipated that the first phase will be the standard bearer for the remainder of the masterplan, so significant importance has been placed on getting the scheme right in terms of sustainable design, architectural design and its marketability to the general public.
The homes are a mix of private and affordable family houses and flats, built to Zero Carbon Hub standards and adopting the EastHampshire District Council’s Assured Performance Process mark. Principally adopting a ‘fabric first’ approach, they incorporate a range of primarily passive measures to reduce their carbon emissions. The homes include enhanced thermal insulation, photovoltaic panels, home office facilities, acoustic insulation, double glazed windows, low energy electric and water installations in addition to designated cycle storage and facilities to encourage food growing.
The 3.26 hectare site is the first phase of the Whitehill and Bordon EcoTown Masterplan and act as a catalyst for further investment in the town and encourage prosperity after the departure of the Ministry of Defence in 2015.
Continuing ArchitecturePLB’s role in Whitehill and Bordon’s regeneration, the practice has recently been appointed to design ‘Makers Market’, a scheme which will become the mixed use heart of the new Town Centre. It will combine curated business start-up uses, spaces for established businesses seeking a foothold in the Town and a range of community and cultural spaces, all under a single roof.