Place-making is about creating new build homes and spaces that work together to become places that are cherished by both the residents and neighbouring communities. These places should afford opportunities for wildlife, be logical and useful; be beautiful and reflect their location. Above all these places should be sustainable.
The Ashfield Partnership puts place-making at the heart of everything we do when developing our new build homes in Romsey. Place-making is about finding ways to protect and safeguard the future through such schemes as creating habitats for wildlife and choosing the right building materials to complement the local landscape.
Our unique approach to creating new communities is to make places that make sense, somewhere people want to live and work not just today, but for generations to come.
Each Ashfield Partnership community, therefore, has been carefully thought about, planned and designed to embody the principles of place-making. This includes ensuring each new build home is bespoke and built using the highest quality materials to reflect local tradition while fulfilling modern day regulations and needs. It also means the interiors have been both logically and attractively designed to meet the demands of our busy, day-to-day lives.
The Luzborough, Whitenap and Hoe Lane communities are designed to be easily navigable, the houses and open spaces are interesting and built using materials that complement the landscape. We have selected facilities, such as benches and streetlights, that add to the overall aesthetic rather than detract from it, and ensure residents feel safe everywhere, no matter the time of day.
Each building at Luzborough, Hoe Lane, and Whitenap has been, or will be, designed not so much to stand out but to contribute to making the place. Phases and streets may reveal a particular character but they will conform to the overall Masterplan which aims to secure the traditional Hampshire, specifically the Test Valley, vernacular.
Place-making goes beyond bricks and mortar. It also includes reconnecting the community with the surrounding landscape and encouraging residents to embrace the principles of sustainable living, adopting such practices as collecting rainwater, compositing, cutting energy consumption and food and farming initiatives which allow residents the opportunity to grown more of their own produce.
The consumption of local food produced in a sustainable manner delivers multiple benefits to a community, reinforcing its identity and connectedness with the local ecology.