Wisloe Garden Community

Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

We were commissioned by The Ernest Cook Trust & Gloucestershire County Council to prepare a strategic masterplan and vision for Wisloe – a new garden settlement of 1,500 homes in Gloucestershire.


The Ernest Cook Trust & Gloucestershire County Council


Urban Design & Masterplanning





Project Vision

Wisloe will be a sustainable new garden community which has a distinctive identity, is connected to its landscape setting, facilitates a healthy and high-quality life for its residents, and delivers enhanced facilities for existing communities.

Design Approach

The masterplan has community at it’s heart and has been informed by a comprehensive consultation process. This has enabled local issues and needs to be considered in preparation of a responsive masterplan. As a new garden settlement, green infrastructure plays a central role in shaping the development form and connecting the new neighbourhoods. Community infrastructure including; a new village centre, business units and primary school are proposed.

Sustainability Approach

The network of Green Spaces and connected Green Corridors across Wisloe will be designed to enhance biodiversity and maximise amenity benefits. Walkable neighbourhoods and Traffic free cycle routes and footpaths will be created to promote active travel. New low carbon and net-zero housing will be delivered alongside potential micro and district wide renewables energy generation.

“The nation faces a challenge to build the homes we need whilst tackling the climate and ecological emergencies we face. As a responsible landowner The Ernest Cook Trust has an important role to play in tackling these issues by demonstrating how new homes can be designed and built in a way that is sensitive to the many environmental challenges we face.”

Michael Birnie, The Ernest Cook Trust

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