Creswick – Welwyn Garden City
Creswick is designed to provide 300 homes and support the sustainable expansion to the southern edge of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. It is allocated in the draft Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan (currently undergoing public examination), and will help to meet local housing needs.
Brooks Murray have brought forward a design focused around three pillars of sustainable development, economic, social and environmental well-being, and aims to enhance, rather than detract from, the local environment.
Creswick has been designed upon the architectural and planning traditions of the world’s second Garden City, and its historic Hertfordshire neighbour, Old Hatfield.
The relationship between each building and the public realm is affects the health and happiness of each resident of, or fleeting visitor to, the future place. This has been a cornerstone of design from the beginning, just as important as access to local services within walking distance, such as a shop and café. These, too, will form a fundamental part of the new neighbourhood.
The design is replete with open green spaces. The large open Hollybush Green provides a focal point to the east of the new community, whilst homes looking out onto the planned cricket pitch brings a ‘village green’ feel, and another green focal point for the community to the south west. The design retains existing veteran oaks and mature hedgerows.