Projects > Eastwood House
- Glebe Road, Chelmsford
- Client: Aberdeen Standard
- Size: 21,090sqm
- Services: Architecture
Eastwood House is a significant new build residential development providing circa 189 new homes in the West End of Chelmsford with opportunity for further development to create a thriving new mixed use development to the area.
The 2.2Ha site was formerly the Marconi Works, home of the world’s first radio broadcast. An existing office building occupies the site, which is adjacent to an emerging residential urban quarter with excellent pedestrian links to the mainline station and Chelmsford town centre.
By reorganising the site’s circulation and parking we were able to open up an opportunity for a new 21,090sqm building, while maintaining the existing employment uses. The design response seeks to enhance the existing office building through improved sight lines and access, and create a new landscaped north-south route linking the area to the north with the station and town centre to the south.
The form of the new building is used to create an active and vibrant street along this route and wraps around the site to create a street profile and frontage to the existing streets to the west.
The massing of the building responds to the local urban grain through the cascading down of its scale from the existing and emerging context to the south east, towards the residential street grain to the north and west. Town houses are introduced to the southern boundary to further control the scale by repairing Glebe Road and responding to the adjacent conservation area.
The central courtyard is raised to cover the parking below and create a landscaped central garden that benefits from a southern aspect over the town houses. This is complimented by green roofs to provide water attenuation and ecology, and by the introduction of terraces for the enjoyment of the residents that benefit from longer views over Chelmsford.