Currently, Barton Park represents the only strategic site within Oxford that can deliver a large number of new homes, and the main focus of the project is to address the chronic shortage of affordable and market homes. It is also one of the ten pilot projects for the NHS Healthy New Towns. Barton Park will be an exemplary garden suburb designed for the needs of the 21st century; a perfect blend of high quality, healthy, urban living that is in harmony with its natural surroundings. It will provide up to 885 new homes, 40% social tenure, designed to a high level of sustainability. This includes the design of walkable neighbourhoods, multi-functional public open space, low-energy housing and a focus on naturalistic principles with high levels of biodiversity. The client has a long-term commitment to maintaining the public open space.
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Terence O’Rourke (TOR) was appointed by Barton LLP in 2011 as master planner and landscape architect. As the lead design consultant, it was responsible for the visioning and design of the master plan, landscape strategy and landscape and visual assessment (LVIA). It also produced a design code to accompany the outline application, which was submitted in May 2013.
Post outline consent, TOR was responsible for the design and production of the tender package for the public realm and strategic landscape (stages E – J). It was retained to provide a design advisory role for Barton LLP, reviewing the information produced by house builders for the serviced plots and to oversee the implementation of the primary infrastructure.
Landscape practice: Terence O’Rourke; client: Barton Oxford LLP (comprised of Grosvenor Developments Ltd and Oxford City Council); architect: Glenn Howells; town planner and consultation: AECOM; affordable housing and agent: Savills; transport, engineering and EIA coordination: WSP; strategy and sustainability: Urbed; QS and procurement: Arcadis; arboriculture: Lockhart Garratt; soils: Tim O’Hare Associates
Barton Park will be an exemplary garden suburb designed for the needs of the 21st century; a perfect blend of high quality, healthy, urban living that is in harmony with its natural surroundings. It will provide up to 885 new homes, 40% social tenure, designed to a minimum code for sustainable homes level 4. Cycling and walking have been actively promoted through careful design of the primary street and master plan. It will include many new community facilities including a community hub with a primary school, new sports pitches, pavilion and a 3G pitch for use of the school and community.
Along the primary street there will be two civic squares which will provide key public realm spaces to create natural gathering points, with opportunities for pop up markets and community events. Each of the two squares will have a defined role and character within the scheme, the commercial square will front a new retail centre providing up to 25,000 sq ft of food store and retail provisions. A new 4 hectares linear park alongside Bayswater Brook will connect the existing green infrastructure at Barton and Northway creating an accessible open space for the new and existing communities. Greenways within the site further enhance the connectivity and movement between the site and the wider area.
The park will include several ponds with platforms, bridges to promote access to the water’s edge, equipped play areas, informal kick about spaces, a boardwalk, cycleway and footpaths and a jogging trail with fitness stations to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle. Ecology and biodiversity will be actively encouraged through planting, bat boxes, and mitigation of impact on sensitive receptors. Existing allotments will be integrated into the scheme with enhanced new facilities for community use. Quality will be at the heart of Barton Park, controlled closely by an exemplar design code which sits across the development.
The Barton Park master plan received outline consent in September 2013 and the enabling infrastructure, including the primary street, A40 junction, civic squares and linear park received full planning consent in February 2015. Ongoing reserved matters applications will follow as individual plots of land as they are brought forward for development