Exciting new ‘urban village’ scheme in the centre of Newbury
Market Street is proposed to provide a link between the train station and the centre of Newbury, where the focus for the town centre has recently shifted toward Parkway Newbury. The scheme has been master-planned as an ‘urban village’ and comprises a mix of mews houses, townhouses and apartment blocks, as well as a new multi-storey car park to release the land for development.
As part of our commission we carried out extensive phasing and programming exercises to inform Grainger’s development appraisal. This included creating a set of ‘rules’ to control the state of completion of adjoining blocks when residents moved in, control over the amount of activity on site at any one time and an examination of whether the phasing should reflect the most efficient construction sequence, or a sequence reflecting expenditure vs capital receipts .
As collaborative project managers it is our responsibility to ensure that the project team manages potentially conflicting requirements, whilst navigating the complex statutory arrangements around railways and without unduly compromising the brief.
The exciting scheme is a joint-venture between Grainger, West Berkshire Council and various departments across Network Rail including property, operations, the franchisee and the station operator.