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Laindon gets reimagined

Nick Myall
Thursday 09 Feb 2017

A town in Essex in the UK is getting a makeover courtesy of two leading architects

Pollard Thomas Edwards in collaboration with CF Moller have been appointed as architects on a project that will revialise the heart of an English town.

Swan’s plans to deliver the long awaited retail-led regeneration of the Laindon Centre will become a reality, after Basildon Council’s Planning Committee voted to approve their planning application at a meeting on 9.2.17.

It comes after the local community backed the plans with almost 300 local residents signing letters of support and over 300 local residents signing up to support the plans on www.laindonfutures.co.uk.

With an existing High Road in name alone, the new plans will provide a much needed visually and physically accessible heart for Laindon and beyond. The new High Street delivers shopping, a new head office for Swan, a new health centre and homes ranging from apartments to larger family houses.

Now that Swan have the green light from the Council to regenerate the Laindon Centre, enabling works will start on site later this year. Swan will also be progressing with detailed design work and anticipate main construction starting on site with the first phase in early 2018.

Carl Vann, Partner and Pollard Thomas Edwards, said: “Pollard Thomas Edwards is delighted to be acting as architects in collaboration with CF Moller, to deliver Swan’s vision for this significant location.

We have worked closely with the community to develop a high street proposal that is a true ‘centre of gravity’ for the local and wider area. The proposal re-imagines the centre of Laindon, bringing not just bricks and mortar, but a wider view to deliver an attractive walkable setting for new homes, shopping and working; whilst also addressing local resident concerns to reduce traffic speeds and promote a sense of community and neighbourliness.”

See below for a video of the planned project...

Nick Myall

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