Aylesbury Waterside Regeneration Approved
Outline planning consent was originally agreed in 2014 which included proposals for an enticing new town square. The Hunters design is setting a new standard for the town centre development and compliments the public space, creating a new heart for Aylesbury. The ground floor will have four family-friendly restaurants facing the new square, flexible workspace and new homes above.
The new five-storey brick scheme sits directly adjacent to the County Court and Judges' Lodgings, and is designed to complement these Grade II listed buildings.
This is Aylesbury town centre's first purpose-built mixed restaurant and residential development which will inject more life into the town.
Hunters' design is deliberately simple and elegant, with crisp and uncluttered facades. Red brick predominates and is very much in keeping with the intimacy and charm of this market town. Detailing around the deep windows reveals combine with recessed balconies and new colonnade to create a discreet rhythm to the façade.
The 47 one and two bedroom flats are all placed on the second floor or above, with food and drink, and three additional commercial units on the ground floor. The design mirrored the core strategy for the larger Aylesbury Town Centre vision to:
...be a high profile, sub-regional centre for entertainment and the arts, which has added a distinctive edge to its market town heritage.
...be a distinctive, 'best in class', modern market town, which is attractive, safe, sustainable and accessible.
...provide a quality day and evening environment in terms of leisure, retail and food and drink, which attracts and brings together people of all ages and communities from within its enviable catchment.
Teresa Lane, Commercial Property and Regeneration Lead at AVDC, explained, "The Town Centre Plan sets out very clearly a vision to improve Aylesbury by providing all the ingredients a modern town centre needs to thrive. Over the last few years, the town has benefited from significant investment by both the private and public sector – nearly £100m by AVDC alone. But there is more to do and this scheme is an important next step in the town's regeneration. It's fantastic to be partnering with Durkan and their architects, Hunters, who have done a great job in taking the outline design to detailed stage."
Now the proposals have been given the green light from planners the scheme is expected to start on site in early 2017 with contractors Durkan.