Project
Cane Hill Public Realm
Location
Coulsdon, near Croydon
Client
Barratt Homes
Accommodation
650 new homes
Planning authority
London Borough of Croydon
Started
2012
Completed
2018
Awards:
Shortlist, Housing Design Awards: Project Category, 2014
Winner, Graham Pye Housing Design Award 2017
Shortlist First Time Buyer Awards Best New Development in the South, 2019

Our vision for Cane Hill sets the new development within a mature framework of woodland, hedgerows and trees, providing a highly attractive and substantially green neighbourhood from the outset. This ambitious project has created a strong sense of identity that provides new facilities for Coulsdon and opened-up access to the greenbelt. 

A new country park is the principle organising feature around which the neighbourhood is structured. It provides a walking and cycling route that winds through the existing mature trees to connect the central village green with Coulsdon Town Centre and the railway station. The new park forms part of a series of recreational trails that are suitable for a wide range of abilities; from short circular walks within the site to longer distance trails through hitherto publically inaccessible greenbelt fields that connect to the wider countryside. 

The green infrastructure network links the open spaces within the development, combining recreational amenity and play with enhanced wildlife corridors and biodiversity. It encourages a healthy lifestyle by offering a wide range of uses and characters to appeal to a diverse audience. The new village green forms the focus of residential life at Cane Hill and provides the perfect start to walks that enjoy the dramatic landscape of the North Downs chalk uplands.

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