This site is located within Wilstead, a small settlement to the south of Bedford and was occupied by a single storey dwelling and an industrial style building. The area is currently undergoing significant change as a result of the new town of Wixams, a residential led mixed use scheme including around 4,500 new dwellings,schools, community facilities and a mixed use centre, supported by a range of retail and commercial uses.
The development consists of five private new homes, with a range of 4, 5 and 6 bedrooms, arranged around the perimeter of the site to present active frontages and overlooking the play area to the south west. It respects the existing adjoining development in terms of privacy, avoiding any overlooking and the scale and form are consistent with the character of the area. The houses are set back from the road and existing boundary hedgerows have been retained where possible.
The elevations have adopted a style and character based on the emerging development of the Wixams by using a mix of brick and render finishes, traditional style windows and brickwork detailing to openings, steeply duo-pitched roofs finished in plain style tiles and a symmetrical arrangement
All the homes have been designed to include features to reduce their energy demands and improve their overall energy efficiency.