Client: Berkeley Homes
We advised on the development of over 200 dwellings on this highly complex site, containing industrial, residential and commercial buildings, a Grade II listed country villa and several non-designated heritage assets within the Taplow Conservation Area. In addition the site features prominently within the setting of the Grade I listed Maidenhead Bridge, an Anglo-Saxon burial mound, several conservation areas, and two registered parks and gardens.
The scheme included new apartment blocks and numerous houses along the riverside, the conversion of the listed building into apartments, extensive alterations to several non-designated assets, public realm improvements, and a new bridge over a celebrated reach of the River Thames. We provided strategic advice on the heritage issues, and ensured that both the masterplan and the detailed design of each element responded appropriately to the various opportunities and constraints. We then assisted the developer in negotiations with the Local Authority and Historic England, securing the suitable replacement of non-designated assets that could not be converted, and resolving the heritage issues before the application was submitted.
Our work culminated in an overarching Heritage Statement which considered the historical development and heritage value of the various buildings, and justified the proposed works in the context of local and national policies. In addition we worked with other consultants on a separate Environmental Statement integrating built heritage with archaeology, townscape, and other issues.