Creswick, Welwyn Garden City
Creswick is designed to provide 312 homes, a café and shop as a sustainable expansion to the southern edge of Welwyn Garden City. It contributes to the submission Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan, currently undergoing public examination.
Working closely with the landowner, Brooks Murray have designed a masterplan replete with green space which can bring a new community to Welwyn Garden City and enhance links into the countryside beyond.
Creswick sits on the southern edge of Welwyn Garden City. The 12.86ha site provides 312 homes, a café, a shop and several home offices to the Welwyn Hatfield Submission Local Plan.
Built upon the architectural and planning traditions of the world’s second Garden City, and its historic Hertfordshire neighbour, Old Hatfield, the Creswick masterplan is designed to fit carefully with the existing community.
The landowner, Gascoyne Estates, wish Creswick to be an exemplar of high quality development sensitive to its local environment. It aims to maintain and build upon standards set down by prior work Brooks Murray and Gascoyne Estates have done within Old Hatfield to the south.
The masterplan is replete with green space. The large, open Clegg Park provides a focal point to the east of the new neighbourhood, while homes looking out on to the proposed cricket pitch bring a village green feel, and another green focal point for the community to the west.
The sensitive treatment of the existing environment is important in this design, including the retention of mature trees and existing hedgerows. The neighbourhood as a whole has a carefully designed hierarchy of streets, lanes and pathways to enhance links to the Green Corridor and English countryside beyond.