Broadwater Gardens will generate 289 high quality homes on the brownfield site of BioPark, contributing greatly to Welwyn Garden City’s housing demand. The scheme has been designed to improve the existing site by creating permeability, reducing the bulk of the current laboratory buildings, and by providing an aesthetically pleasing landscape-driven residential development.
The scheme strongly upholds the Garden City Principles by:
* The redevelopment of brownfield land for the benefit of the community
* Generating mixed-tenure homes, with a good proportion of these being affordable
* Proposing a Community Hub which will stimulate the creation of jobs and be a social place to meet
* Proposing green links to the north and south, enhancing the route to the railway station
* Designing homes based around the landscaped courtyards with communal orchards for growing food
The scheme consists of four apartment blocks and eight townhouses, and each has its own character which has been inspired by both the Welwyn Garden City architecture and the locally celebrated art deco modernist structures; such as the Roche and Shredded Wheat buildings. Broadwater Gardens will not only be a wonderful place to live, but will also improve the area for its neighbours by creating leafy views through the site, where previously there were none, and by increasing the connectivity to other destinations in Welwyn, both visually and physically.