Epping Town Centre Masterplan Essex, UK

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Client

Qualis Group

Location

Epping

Number of Sites

5

Includes

270 New Homes, Leisure Centre, Cinema, Retail, Car Park and Public Realm

The Qualis Group is wholly owned by Epping Forest District Council and is driving the regeneration of Epping town centre.

The strategic masterplan for Epping aims to celebrate the area’s heritage, redevelop key sites and interconnect those sites with a coherent public realm and green infrastructure.

Corstorphine & Wright has been appointed to masterplan and deliver 5 areas of that strategy. The 5 sites will include 270 high-quality new homes across new-build apartments and townhouses, refurbished civic buildings, a new leisure centre, cinema, retail, leisure, public spaces, new urban realm and green space.

Key to the masterplan is connecting all proposals with enhancements to the existing high street. Our approach focuses on reconnecting the high street to streets and lanes while strengthening the green infrastructure. Proposals follow a style sympathetic to the scale of the local character, protecting views and civic and heritage assets.

We have carefully considered sustainable design and delivery across the masterplan. This includes renewable energy, green roofs, new planting, pedestrian and cycling corridors – maximising natural daylight and ventilation and creating high-performance buildings throughout.

The entire project has been underpinned by ongoing engagement with stakeholders and residents. After the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we pioneered virtual public consultations to include as many people as possible in the ongoing process.

The consultation video was available on-demand from the consultation website, along with common questions and answers. Since the project’s inception, the website has had more than 10,000 visitors and 2,000 contributions.

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