WYCOMBE MARSH

Wycombe Marsh is a new residential development situated on the site of a former paper mill. The first phase of construction comprised three new 5-storey blocks, Edlesborough, Asheridge and Buckingham, providing over 70 residential units in total, each with video entry system and secure underground parking.

The building footprints intended to maximise the available site area, which placed a number of constraints on how they were constructed. This challenge was met with careful planning and close liaison between the appointed contractor and the design team. The blocks are articulated as objects rising out of a podium; designed to visually distinguish the underground parking and ground floor communal areas from the flats above.

Site drainage created an interesting challenge for DSSR as there were a number of water courses running through the site which required rerouting, for which Environmental Impact Assessments and ecology reviews were required. The land also needed some remediation works and ground modelling. Limited site access also posed a problem in terms of site services infrastructure. To help address the issue, new distributor roads were constructed.

The residential blocks of Edlesborough, Asheridge and Buckingham form part of a vast development at Wycombe Marsh which includes a modern office park, retail park and other community and leisure facilities, as well as delivering over 400 new dwellings.


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Location

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Client

St. James Group

Architect

Woods Hardwick

Contract Value

£7.5m

Completion

2007