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Purcell is designing and building a new residential site at Trent Park in London. Work has started on site and includes the realisation of the masterplan, development of more than 250 homes, both new and adaptive reuse, park landscaping, and renovation of the mansion house to create a new residential community.

Located in North London, the historic estate of Trent Park comprises a mansion house on 413 acres of historic parks and gardens. Over the years, the estate has been used as a private residence for the notable families, royal hunting grounds, Prisoner of War camp in WWII and as a University campus. The Trent Park site was purchased by Berkeley Homes and a comprehensive masterplan was developed. Planning permission was granted in October 2017 for 262 residential units and a museum. Several listed buildings and an array of heritage assets exist throughout the site. Until 2013, a range of low-quality university campus buildings destroyed much of the context of the historic buildings, gardens and landscape and have therefore been removed to restore the original setting.

Work has started on site and includes the realisation of the masterplan: development of 250+ homes both new and adaptive reuse, park landscaping and renovation of the mansion house to create a new residential community.

The development seeks to create a sense of place for future residents by developing a series of cohesive neighbourhoods. These neighbourhoods have a range of traditional architectural styles, punctuated with more contemporary pieces, which allow them to appear to have evolved naturally over time, just as any traditional suburb does. The existing site contains many buildings which have come to the end of their useful life as well as some important heritage assets that need conserving and enhancing. The important listed buildings on the site are enhanced and together with the parkland setting itself, they inform the arrangement of the roads, services and buildings on the site.

Traditional architectural styles found in local buildings from the last two centuries, including the early twentieth century’s Arts and Crafts style of Lutyens, Parker and Unwin, are big influences. The chosen architectural styles seek to continue a language of the existing listed buildings to create a seamless, traditional context. Traditional Town Planning in the Garden City movement sought to create a blend of ‘Traditional England’ with modern convenience and is still a very relevant model for many families today, which is something that has been considered from design stage.

Traditional architectural styles found in local buildings from the last two centuries, including the early twentieth century’s Arts and Crafts style of Lutyens, Parker and Unwin, are big influences. The chosen architectural styles seek to continue a language of the existing listed buildings to create a seamless, traditional context. Traditional Town Planning in the Garden City movement sought to create a blend of ‘Traditional England’ with modern convenience and is still a very relevant model for many families today, which is something that has been considered from design stage.

Purcell’s work will continue by restoring the mansion house for apartments, the orangery with a gym and lido and apartments in the stables as well as the remaining new build homes.

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