Mulberry Park rated an “unqualified success” by David Birkbeck
Curo announced yesterday details of HTA and Curo’s Mulberry Park development in Bath was an ”unqualified success” after being assessed against the Building for a Healthy Life principles.
“It’s been tough to get round everything built this year but Mulberry Park was a joy to visit and the scheme we’d rank highest in England currently. It’s the perfect model of place-making, rather than just housebuilding, a neighbourhood that puts healthier lifestyles first, with streets and public spaces so well landscaped that people will want to use them for a leisurely walk either to its excellent facilities or the rest of Bath beyond.” Design for Homes Chief Executive, David Birkbeck, author of the Building for a Healthy Life design code.
“It’s going to have everything, plenty of great quality open space like the future park and woodland walk, as well as pedestrian connections to the city centre and super-wide pavements with proper, mature street trees like you used to see. It also has so many services on site that residents need - the school, nursery, café and even work and employment space.”
The Building for a Healthy Life design is the country’s standard for creating neighbourhoods that are better for people and nature.
Mulberry Park establishes a new model for achieving greater density in suburban developments, adapting the qualities of traditional housing typologies so prevalent in the city of Bath, to meet the needs of contemporary family living. Nestling within a semi-rural village setting, Phase 1 will deliver 275 homes out of 700 consented in the 2015 Outline Planning permission, and will establish the character of the masterplan by providing the gateway to the development from Bradford Road. Built on the former MOD site, 70% of the homes will be family houses, with the remainder formed as five apartment buildings, with 30% of the homes being affordable, tenure blind and distributed throughout the scheme.
The houses are designed to enable a great deal of variety from a core range of types, which in turn vary hugely from semi-detached and terraced townhouses to terraced family houses, smaller cottages and larger semi-detached and detached houses, to create a diverse neighbourhood made of context specifc homes. Bath Stone is used with careful consideration to create emphasis through simple details.