LHC Design and EcoBos have worked together since 2010 to realise a pioneering development near St Austell in Cornwall. West Carclaze Garden Village is a sustainable, vibrant new community designed around a thriving village centre, with Phase One currently being delivered on site.
The new Garden Village is being carefully woven into the unique, post-industrial, Clay Country topography and informed by a landscape-led masterplan. The 240ha masterplan includes 1,500 homes, employment, community and education spaces and, notably, 60% green open-space including playgrounds, community gardens, allotments, a heritage park, sports park, cycle trails and network of habitats. The vision? A Village of Gardens with a uniquely Cornish flavour.
Architecture, Graphics, Landscape, Urban Design & Masterplanning
Mixed Use, Residential
Outline planning approved March 2017. Reserved Matters submitted Oct 2018.
Masterplanning for the Future Award: Michelmores Property Awards 2020
LHC were tasked with developing the overall development ethos and green infrastructure strategy to create a landscape-led mixed-use scheme that offers new and existing communities a unique opportunity to live within the landscape. The masterplan was further developed by our in-house architectural and landscape teams, resulting in the detailed planning submission for Phase One of this mixed-use scheme.
The first 169 new homes of the Phase One proposals are now under construction and arrange homes into three new residential neighbourhoods – Carbis, Pentruff and South Carluddon – based on traditional Cornish street-patterns. This sits alongside a proposed Village Centre with community facilities. Our original designs were unveiled at a two-day public exhibition in September 2018, where visitors were able to see plans for the mostly one, two and three-bedroom homes which comprise the majority of the first phase properties.
Plans for a new village centre include include doctor and dentist surgeries, shops and community facilities, providing the framework for a sustainable community right from the outset. A new school will be part of a separate planning submission.
Former Director and now Design Consultant to LHC, John Baulch, has been involved with the Garden Village project from the outset said:
“It isn’t often that a project comes along which excites our imagination and engages our skills so completely. The philosophy of the West Carclaze Garden Village is unique for the region and we’re proud to have been so closely involved with its genesis, and its progress.
“Our aim in West Carclaze is to create a distinctly Cornish sense of place, deeply rooted in this remarkable landscape. We’re able to bring a range of complementary skills to bear – urban design, architectural design, landscape architecture, technical delivery and graphic design – to create a balanced, sustainable, brand new community in Cornwall.”
Our ‘Village of Gardens’ vision will be expressed through a carefully designed hierarchy of private, communal and public gardens, sport and recreation and wild spaces. Each garden, street, landscape corridor or pathway will draw on a borrowed landscape approach, to enhance the feeling of space, while buildings have been designed to overlook these green spaces. The extensive network of sunny gardens and wild spaces will make West Carclaze a truly special, healthy, social and life-enhancing place.