St Chad’s

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Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Award

Region

South East

Local Authority Area

Thurrock

Information about this scheme

St Chad’s is a new housing development for Thurrock Council, which fulfils the council’s aims of regenerating the town as well as providing new subsidised housing. This is the first development undertaken through a new wholly owned company, entitled ‘Gloriana’, which was launched by Thurrock Council solely for this purpose. The scheme comprises of 128 new homes, a mix of two, three and four bed houses that give new life to a redundant brownfield site. In a post-war suburban context devoid of character, the design fills the development with a sense of place by connecting the site with the docks: an important part of the town’s development and identity. A grid pattern of streets extends and connects with the existing street arrangement, while a sequence of public spaces arranged diagonally through the street layout connects existing public space in the town with the surrounding countryside. A diagonal swathe of green space focuses on the views of the cranes at Tilbury Docks, linking the development with the town’s historic identity. Within this layout, three different street typologies have been developed: avenue, street and mews, defining a clear sense of place. Two key house types, the townhouse and courtyard house, offer variation across the development and provide a mix of house sizes to meet different occupants’ needs. Houses use a palette of variegated brick with pitched roofs and crisp modern detailing that gives the development a familiar yet modern feeling, and offers an evolved model for the suburban housing estate. St Chad’s striking aesthetics raise the bar in terms of design quality, while the carefully considered mix of affordable and market sale housing is intended to improve the social mix and support a balanced neighbourhood. The development further meets the council’s aim of creating more affordable housing, but also raising aspirations and property values in Tilbury.

Credits

Architect

Bell Phillips Architects

Client

Gloriana, Thurrock Council

Main Contractor

Wilmott Dixon Housing

Services Engineer

M&E Engineers

Primary Use Class

Class C3 - Dwelling Houses