Working closely with landowners and Waveney District Council, our illustrative masterplan and design coding added detail to the Lowestoft Lake Lothing and Outer Harbour Area Action Plan (AAP), which was later adopted in 2012.
The urban design objectives celebrate the contrast of the findings of rigorous contextual analysis; ecological surveys mapped the protected species found nearby and, in contrast, a large proportion of the site was hard-standing warehouses, docks with boat moorings, and disused infrastructure.
The 1000-home masterplan promotes a variety of places to live through different character areas, their connectivity, density and built form. Higher densities take the form of landmark apartment buildings along the new main avenue, whilst lower densities are allocated to the rural edges south of the development, providing an interface between the County Wildlife Site and existing residential areas, such as the two-storey flood-proof townhouses at the water’s edge.
The movement network focuses on providing local facilities, such as shops and play areas, accessible on foot or by public transport, creating a ‘walkable’ network of streets, footpaths and cycleways.
The introduction of a new entrance and main avenue creates a sense of arrival, culminating in a central square. The site is orientated around this space and serves as a community hub and meeting place with associated school, community centre, cafés, play parks and bus services to spark activity. A number of linkages then connect to other character areas and the whole district is opened up to the rest of Lowestoft via a new cycle and pedestrian bridge over Lake Lothing.