We were asked by Linden Homes (South) to help them obtain reserved matters approval for a new Employment Park with a care home and flexible business units at Crow Arch Lane, Ringwood. The scheme is the third and final phase of development in the delivery of the outline approval for a mixed-use development comprising 175 new homes, green spaces including Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG), allotments and employment area. The reserved matters application was submitted in October 2017.
The 60 bed care home is significant to the new image of Crow Arch Lane, providing a local landmark that frames and encloses views into the development. It also overlooks a new pedestrian cycleway that connects with the Castleman Trail as a key recreational route linking the New Forest with villages and towns to the west. The care home is designed as a statement building where a two-storey glazed garden pavilion offers all-round views as well as indicating an accessible and welcoming building. The overall approach is to vary the architectural treatment, in terms of massing and character, to reflect specific functions of the building, including a new social heart for residents and visitors. In parallel it seeks to project a clear cohesive and non-institutional character which fits its evolving context.
The remainder of the park includes over 5,000sqm of modern business and industrial buildings, including B1(a) office use, B1(b)(c) research + development + light industry and (B2) general industrial use. The whole area is set within a series of green open spaces and an area of SANG, with large trees, ornamental shrubs and lush lawns creating a suitably attractive and distinctive place in which to live or work.