This Grainge Architects designed project for a major urban extension for Exeter, provides 800 new homes, a new school, community centre, medical centre and care home facilities.
Grainge Architects worked hard to ensure the new homes have an identifiable local style, avoiding the ‘cloning’ effect often associated with such urban developments. They are designed to have an eco-home bias, high quality design and welcoming public spaces.
The scheme has a village square at its heart, adjacent to which are located a primary school, community hall and café. The landowners of the site strongly wished to create a legacy scheme to complement its location at the edge of the estuary town of Topsham. An architectural hierarchy was established across the building exteriors to create a characterful, varied streetscape. The inclusion of numerous local individual nuances and details, such as the use of Dutch gables and decorative ridge tiles, helps to ground the scheme in its wider surroundings.