3DReid's design gains important support during planning process
Architects 3DReid and developers Stoford have been commended by the UK Government's leading advisory body on architecture, urban design and public space, CABE, for their mixed-use retail, leisure and office scheme to transform Stafford town centre.
CABE remarked in a formal response to the planning application that the new Stafford County Council headquarters and shops scheme proposed for the town's Tipping Street “has the potential to set a precedent in terms of the architectural quality for following projects”.
Following a public consultation, amended images of the BREEAM 'excellent'-rated and 'A'-rated energy performance certificate-winning sustainable scheme have been released.
CABE state: “We welcome this proposal as a successful piece of architecture; it sits comfortably within the urban pattern of Stafford and provides a welcoming retail environment.
“In our opinion the proposal works well on this site close to Greengate Street and the historic monuments of Stafford... We think that the proposed block with the diagonal street at its heart provides a successful route which will draw people through the site and potentially connect the town centre and the future development to the south.”
Stoford is awaiting planning approval to develop the 15,000 sq ft of shops and cafes and the 150,000-sq ft county council headquarters, which will bring around 2,000 staff from other properties under one roof. If granted, work will start on site this June with completion scheduled for late 2010.