Owned by Storey Homes, this former De Montfort University site is in the centre of the Bedford conservation area. The project started by restoring 21 late Victorian villas back to residential properties. This involved removing inappropriate extensions, separating buildings and making them fit for 21st century living as large family houses. This has been very successful and has raised the credibility of the proposals for the rest of the site.
The next phase comprised four distinct parcels:
Sites B1, B2 and C on Warwick Avenue, and adjacent to the villas on Lansdowne Road, provide 28 private houses and 49 apartments.
Sites D1, D2 and E on Warwick Avenue and Lansdowne Road incorporate 46 one and two bedroom apartments, 10 of which are affordable, and 10 four and five bedroom homes.
Site F2 is a new apartment building on an important triangular corner site at the junction of Lansdowne Road and Linden Road, and provides 19 two and three bedroom apartments.
Sites G1 and G2 have been designated as public open space with a children's play area.
The scheme has been designed to relate closely to the Victorian and Edwardian architecture of the conservation area. The total accommodation provided is 152 new homes.