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Mulberry Park

Mulberry Park is the redevelopment of the former Ministry of Defence site on Fox Hill in the village of Combe Down on the southern fringes of Bath. Following a selection process that included presentations to the Curo Group who owns the site and local residents at the end of 2013 HTA were commissioned by Curo to develop a joint vision for the redevelopment of the brownfield site and the adjacent Foxhill Estate, of which Curo owns a large proportion of the existing properties and land. The sites are located within the World Heritage Site of Bath and the main site entrance of Mulberry Park is set within of the Combe Down Conservation Area. Mulberry Park has been designated for housing in Bath and North East Somerset’s recently adopted Core Strategy.

Working closely with the local community in a series of design workshops and public exhibitions we developed a vision masterplan which opens up the previously fenced off MoD site to the public and joins the two sites through a central green open space and a series of smaller local green spaces. The plan provides 700 new homes on Mulberry Park and shows the potential for the redevelopment of up to 500 homes on the Foxhill Estate. A woodland walk along the northern boundary provides additional informal natural amenity space.

Mulberry Park will deliver 700 new homes ranging from 1 and 2 bedroomed apartments to 2 to 6 bedroomed houses, of which 277 are within the first phase. Up to 500 homes will be redeveloped on Foxhill Estate. The development will contain more than 3.6 hectares of open space in a series of formal and informal open spaces of different sizes and character. Supporting non-residential uses for the development include a community hub (up to 4,000sqm), a new primary school (SFE), an arts pavilion and retail space.

In September 2014 HTA submitted an Outline Planning Application to Bath and North East Somerset Council for the development of Mulberry Park comprising of 700 homes, a new primary school with 210 places, a community hub building, an arts pavilion, small retail spaces as well as a new central open green space and a woodland walk along the northern escarpment. Because of its location within the World Heritage Site the proposals for the site are very sensitive to height and extensive Visual and Environmental Impact Assessment work has been undertaken by consultants to inform our proposals.

HTA are currently developing the detailed proposals for the first phase of development on Mulberry Park which will consist of 277 new homes in a mix of houses ranging from 2 to 5 bedrooms and 1 and 2 bedroomed apartments. HTA’s architectural and landscape teams are working together closely to create a stunning design for the first phase which sets the benchmark for Curo’s ambitious 15 year plan for Mulberry Park and the Foxhill Estate.

The detailed site layout and unit types are being modelled with Autodesk Revit software as part of HTA’s ongoing rollout of BIM across the practice.

Location: Combe Down, Bath

Client: CURO Group

Accommodation: 700 new homes

Tenure: Private market sale, and affordable (shared ownership and social rent)

Start Date: 2014

Estimated Completion Date: 2028

Services Provided

Bids and submissions, Design led engagement, Detailed Design & Documentation, Feasibility and capacity studies, Housing, Housing layouts, Masterplanning, Parks and Public Realm, Residential, Suburban layouts

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