McCarthy Stone commissioned Re-Format to produce a detailed masterplan for the Middle Wichel District Centre on the south western outskirts of Swindon in Wiltshire.

The proposed masterplan layout has been developed to deliver a pleasing environment with a distinct character within the overall new development area. The buildings will address and reinforce the prominence of the canal and street layout, aiding navigation and encouraging walking and cycling. The detailed design was developed, with reference to the relevant approved design codes, the overall scheme delivers a pleasing environment that fully integrates into the district centre.

The canal water’s edge and views of the water are an important generator of the specific quality and character of the area. The design has been developed to encourage use of the towpath by both pedestrians and cyclists with convenient connections to the main circulation routes. The layout of the main structures has also created framed vistas that create views to and from the canal.

Responding to the concept of the area being defined as ‘a market garden zone’ a fully integrated landscaping scheme has been proposed to provide a beautiful and rewarding living environment. A substantial number of trees and generous areas of lush hedging will be planted to achieve the required verdant feel with minimal ongoing maintenance. Careful detailed design will eliminate areas of external ‘no man’s land’ and with it the potential for anti-social behaviour. The relationship of the buildings to the open spaces provides excellent passive surveillance.