Established in America in 1873 by British-born brothers William and James, Horlick’s produced a powdered malted milk drink originally called Diastoid. In 1908, the brothers built their first UK factory in Slough at a cost of £28,000 on a plot of land purchased from Eton College. By 1969 the extended factory produced 30 million pounds of powder per year.
The original factory has been extended over the years, and a number of additional manufacturing buildings have been erected around it. The L&H masterplan commissioned by GSK seeks to retain the original factory buildings as they stood in 1939 converting them into 220 apartments with ancillary leisure facilities including a gym and a new central covered and ventilated atrium. The rest of the site would be cleared and around 540 new homes and apartments developed into market, PRS and affordable homes in a mixture of houses and apartments. A new nursey school, a Horlicks museum/cafe and some commercial offices/retail were also planned for the site.
The site is planned around a central linear park replacing the existing open space that was the former factory sports ground. The site has a number of artesian wells that produced the natural water originally used in the manufacturing process and the park would be turned into a water park using this natural resource and enhancing thus the living environment and combining children’s play areas.
The scale of the development has been carefully planned so as not to obscure views to the factory building which is one of the few surviving landmarks in Slough and is Locally Listed. Apartment buildings are designed to overlook the new park all with all flats having balconies or terraces whilst the scale reduces by designing townhouses adjacent to the existing housing to the north. Parking is accommodated in existing factory service yards and as undercroft or courtyard areas keeping the central park open as landscaped amenity space.
In terms of town planning, the masterplan incorporates new pedestrian and cycle routes across the site linking the local neighborhood to the town centre and railway station. Two successful pre-application meetings were held with Slough Borough Council and their highway consultants and the masterplan adjusted to incorporate their comments. The site has been marketed for sale by CBRE.
Working with Solumn Regeneration, we have secured a resolution to grant planning permission from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council for our residential/mixed use project Redhill.
The site sits within the town centre close to the railway station. Recent approvals in the immediate locality will ultimately create a new character and feel to the area. The design looks to create a place with a character that contributes positively too this evolving regeneration of this part of Redhill.
The proposals are to re-provide a community use together with 50 residential dwellings to the eastern side of Marketfield Way. The proposals look to introduce a new public realm links to the existing underpass with a view to improving the sense of security and safety for users of the site’s facilities and those passing through the underpass. The building will contain bin stores, plant rooms and cycle storage as required to support the users.
A new public open space is proposed to aid movement into the community and up to the underpass. This will link into the wider pedestrian network, improving the quality of the public realm in and around this part of Marketfield Way. The use, tenure and types of this development serves the local needs. The aim is to improve and re-provide community space within the proposals. Residential development provides town centre homes close to public transport hubs. The combination of uses ensures a vibrant development that is well used.
In appearance a contemporary styling is proposed with a pallet of materials that suits the local context and evolving character of the area. Good detailing principals will introduce cohesion across the different uses on the site.
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Lewis & Hickey have been appointed as masterplanners and architects for the two main residential phases at Woodlands and Waterside on the larger scale Watford Health Campus. The planned design is to create a neighbourhood area with a dense core following the alignment of the new access road. Development will create a new urban edge to Watford addressing the River Colne. The area will provide up to circa 750 homes whose residents will enjoy direct access to landscaping / open space amenity including, a new linear park running along the River Colne, and green open space on Colne Island.
Watford Riverwell (“The Campus”) brings together Watford Borough Council as landowners and Kier Property Investments Ltd as preferred development partner, working together as Watford Riverwell Partnership LLP (“The Campus Partnership”), along with West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (the organisation that runs and manages Watford Hospital).
Progressive environmental and sustainable solutions will be promoted throughout the scheme. Development of the health campus addresses the three pillars of sustainable development, environmental, economic and socio-cultural. Development is designed to meet the highest practical standards of sustainability and demonstrate a holistic approach to the integration of community health and wellbeing into proposals.
A first full planning application for phase 1 at Woodlands for 90 residential units has been submitted to Watford Borough Council.
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Situated on the edge of the River Soar, close to the heart of Leicester City Centre, Bath Lane provides a wide range of affordable city living. Adjacent to Leicester City Council’s Waterfront Regeneration Area, Watkin Jones is providing a comprehensive residential scheme that will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the area.
Offering a range of three and four bed family homes, as well as studio, one-bed and two-bed apartments, the scheme provides a variety of 169 residential units.
Using the existing surrounding streets to split the scheme into two varying residential areas, the northern portion of the site, arranged around a new private internal road, offers a range of family homes, each proving accommodation over three floors, including a generous living space, as well as a master bedroom suite, and terraced amenity space. Each house benefits from private parking as well as external storage for bicycles.
The southern section of the scheme hosts three apartment accommodation blocks: two small blocks of one-bed apartments bridge the gap between family homes and high rise living, which is provided over six floors of one and two-bed apartments, each with private balconies, as well as city studio units.
This urban study, executed for Czech client MCA a.s., is one of the largest development projects in Prague. The site area is 650,000 m2, located in the nature reserve of “Botic Milícov”, in the south of the city. The client required an unconventional solution of mixed use development.
Locked between highway D1 and the contiguous built-up area of panel dwelling sites Opatov, Háje and Petrovice, the area represents a very attractive site that deserves extraordinary care and attention to create residential spaces of a new quality.
The development project of Zelený Újezd is rather distinct in the context of the local residential development industry and hopefully it will become a milestone / precedent for future projects in the area.
Lewis & Hickey have worked with Willmott Dixon and WM Morrison to produce the masterplan for the regeneration of a site in East London.
We have developed a viable integrated mixed retail and residential scheme with a 3,400m2 Morrisons foodstore. Our scheme is based on creating a new urban village comprising of over 350 mix apartments and family housing, 700m2 of community facilities, 900m2 of B1 workspace for local SMES and over 16,000m2 of green open space.
The aim has been to create a place where people enjoy living, working, playing and visiting and we are determined to maximise the social and economic benefits that the new development can bring.
Our vision is driven by the desire to provide a thriving, sustainable neighbourhood and rejuvenated community by the creation of an exemplar urban village that engages with the wider street area.
Spacia provide business space, via a portfolio of railway arches, to let for small and medium sized enterprises. Lewis & Hickey were briefed to address a site in South London that is seen as a barrier between community park space and the river from the local residents.
To break down this dissection, routes around and through the park have informed the concept, providing a visual connection either side of the viaduct to reduce its divisive impact. A café / bar in arch 143 promotes a pedestrian route through the park to the south bank of the river and converts to a community “hall” in the evening. A crèche/nursery performs a second community activity for the site. Here, pre-fabricated pods are pulled out of their arch on rails to increase internal play space and to define a safe external environment where the pods meet new landscaping in the park.
The design provides a flexible, affordable and comprehensive solution to the issue of inhabiting railway arches and their surrounding spaces. The pre-fabricated waterproofed and insulated units are craned into position and rolled into the arches on pre-formed rails which also provide drainage. These movable units address the problem of the periodic 6-year structural brickwork inspection and the issue of supporting linings physically within the brick arches. The shell structures can be stacked or used as upturned frames that can be formed into low-rise towers acting as visual landmarks to crossing points through the arches.
Lewis & Hickey created masterplan proposals for the development of the Cranfield University Technology Park, located between Milton Keynes and Bedford. The concept, requiring the creation of over 450,000 sq. ft. of commercial expansion to the existing facilities, was designed as part of an on-going collaboration between St Modwen Properties Plc. and Cranfield University.
Our proposal established strong links, created quality public spaces and landmark buildings that reinforced the tie between the Technology Park, the airport and the wider campus, with sustainability being at the forefront of the design process.
The Romford scheme is a large mixed use development for Legal & General of circa 400,000 sq. ft. residential led development comprising over 360 mixed tenure residential units, retail and community use spaces with an approximate value of £45-50m.
The proposals comprise a mixture of building types and scale which will give a unique character to this tight urban site. ‘Place making’ is key to the proposals with connections across the site through new streetscapes, open spaces and river walks. A number of sustainable initiatives are proposed across the site including carefully designed roofs to provide SUDs.
Lewis & Hickey secured planning permission for Westfield to develop The Friary Centre, Guildford and its town centre environs. The planned development comprises a new covered retail space in a Market hall style, 7 new buildings, comprising a mixture of retails units of mixed size and tenure, 170 residential apartments, a new bus station, and the refurbishment of the existing Friary Shopping Centre.
The development has been designed to exacting sustainability standards and will subsequently achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent rating’. The new town centre will be a busy environment: Lewis & Hickey employ specialist personnel who have provided Risk and Threat analysis at each stage of the design process in line with NaCTSO and the Government ‘Safer Places’ guidance. The masterplan includes new pedestrian streets and a new town square, with traffic and services planning becoming wholly intrinsic to the overall design.
The development allows for a mix of retail (including a 4,200m2 of food store), 40 residential units and a new 4-storey community mosque. This will replace the existing Royal Mail sorting office that currently occupies the city centre site. Lewis & Hickey’s proposals to develop this site will enhance the sense of place by completing the streetscape and introducing activity and visual interest.
The food store is set on stilts, which has allowed us to maximise the car parking with 240 spaces running under the store. A dramatic glass entrance hall runs along the primary street frontage and will contain travelators up to the trading floor. A mix of brick, porcelain tile and steel cladding give the food store a distinct contemporary look while still reflecting the character of the immediate context. A new first floor café overlooks the street and creates a clearly recognisable focal point to the store and provides a backdrop for the stores branding. The store is designed to achieve the briefs rating of Breeam Excellent.
A 40-unit residential scheme bridges the gap between the existing residential properties to the west of the site and the new food store. An existing on-site community centre has been increased in size to suit the requirements of the end-users and completes the development.