The proximity of Darwin Park to the services of the city was ideal for encouraging a sustainable new housing scheme. The Master Plan prepared by Brownhill Hayward Brown developed strong pedestrian and cycle routes throughout the housing areas and into the city. Green lanes linked the open spaces of Darwin Park with the open countryside beyond.
The site, of some 9 hectares, was to be purchased by a consortium of house building companies led by Bryant Homes and included Westbury Homes, Charles Church, Persimmon and eventually Taylor Woodrow.
In consultation with the interested parties a plan for 'character areas' evolved to that defined recognisably different elements within this large housing area. It was important that these areas did not become ghettos to their styles but were to be blurred at the edges, one theme merging into another, reminiscent of the random way in which towns and cities would traditionally develop.
Thus, there were village streets, squares and greens and Arcadian elements to the Park as well as higher density terraces, lining the principal route into the city, with Mews Courts behind. The junction of Darwin Park with the most significant entrance into the city was marked by a key building which evolved at detailed scale into The Oval.
In addition to our role as Master Planner & Town Architect, Brownhill Hayward Brown undertook detailed design work in relationship to a number of key sites identified within the Master Plan, including The Oval and the neighbourhood centre. This culminated in the design of Lichfield's Waitrose supermarket and proposed community building positioned as a statement building and the end of Cathedral Walk.