BE Design provided design consultancy services for the planning submission for the infrastructure to support the delivery of a multi-phased sustainable new community farm and village intended to be built in Truro, Cornwall.
This unique development design responded to the desire to get back to basics in a bid to rediscover the harmony that has been lost in modern life and incorporated up to 155 dwellings with associated parking, internal roads, landscaping and integrated sustainable technologies.
The client was working with the Cornwall Food Foundation and Duchy College for this project. The intention was to create a community hub by transforming renovated farm buildings and new buildings into a restaurant, ancillary space and produce sales, cookery school, shops, workshops. 3,500 sq m of rural land for orchards, woodlands and allotments available to the community along with plentiful pedestrian and cycle links and open public spaces.
The 92-acre site presented the largest challenge, with the undulating ground level creating a 22m different in height across it. To combat this, the team used the underlying topography to respond sensitively to the natural landscape. By following existing contours, curving road alignments were formed, deliberately limiting forward visibility and naturally minimising traffic speed.
The overall development was also designed to be supported by a system of sustainable urban drainage techniques (SUDS) and incorporation of treatment components, including a water collection swales and soakaways designed to accommodate excess water allowing for Climate Change.
|Project value||Civil and Structural Engineering, Highways|
|Role||Design consultancy services|