PROVIDING 120 AFFORDABLE NEW HOMES, THE RIDGEWAY IS AN ATTRACTIVE AND TRANSFORMATIVE NEW RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IN HERTFORD, REPLACING POOR QUALITY, AGEING BUILDINGS WITH A MIXTURE OF HOUSES AND FLATS DESIGNED TO REFLECT HISTORIC LOCAL ARCHITECTURE.
THE DESIGN PROCESS INCLUDED EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, AND WITH ENGAGING PUBLIC REALM AND CLEAR URBAN STRUCTURE, THE DEVELOPMENT CREATES AN APPEALING, FRIENDLY AND SAFE PLACE FOR FAMILIES TO LIVE.
AHR studied traditional Hertford buildings as inspiration throughout the design process, to bridge the gap between the town and suburban Sele Farm and create a sense of continuity and belonging. Residences of three varying designs, ‘Villa’, ‘Courtyard’ and ‘Mews’ have been developed to introduce an individuality and intimacy to the scheme. This will allow a diverse community to flourish, as well as complementing the surrounding context and adding to the development’s aesthetic appeal.
The houses and flats have been designed to an outstanding level of quality, security and sustainability and are orientated to maximise natural daylight and views. Traditional Hertford architecture informs the colours and materials selected and the red brick façades include areas of delicate patterning. ‘Courtyard’ houses enjoy private gardens, which utilise space efficiently while providing a comfortable and secluded place to relax.
Previously obtrusive carparking has been solved with carefully-placed parking bays, and new landscaped areas between and around the residences provide pleasant, bright spaces in which to walk and socialise. Clear physical and visual routes throughout the neighbourhood facilitate navigation and strengthen resident security.
The featured range of trees and flowering plants has been selected to ensure bright and welcoming colour in both summer and winter, and a children’s play area includes natural elements crafted from stones and logs, as well as play equipment. Bird and bat boxes encourage biodiversity and their distinctive design adds colour to the area. An efficient waste disposal and recycling strategy, along with secure cycle storage, will aid residents in making sustainable choices and promote a tidy streetscape.
The Ridgeway is the latest of many successful AHR-designed residential schemes across the UK. Other recently-completed projects include Peterhead Court in Ealing, London, and Wallis Fields in Maidstone, Kent, which has been shortlisted for the 2019 Sunday Times British Homes Awards.