Cottees Place Wareham

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    Renaissance Retirement
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A development of 9 bungalows, chalet bungalows and 2 storey houses within the walls town of the Saxon town of Wareham. Arranged around a central courtyard drawing on the agricultural / auction heritage of the site and designed to respect the scale and character of the surrounding townscape, the development has 3 distinct character areas of East Street, the central courtyard and Wyatt's Lane.

Details and materials are traditional in appearance, helping the development blend into the historic town setting. Materials reflect the common building materials of the old town of Wareham, predominantly red brick with some use of render and occasional Purbeck stone. Roofs are either red clay or slate, with some use of Double Roman tiles around the courtyard. Each dwelling has its own distinct detailing and design, to suggest individual buildings built over time rather than a single modern development.

Hard and soft landscaping suggests a layering of uses and finishes built up over time. A central courtyard provides a secluded and semi-private shared space at the heart of the scheme. Dwellings are arranged closely around the courtyard to create a sense of enclosure and intimacy and encourage activity and interaction. A tree in the middle has the potential to grow into a prominent feature in the courtyard. The paving makes reference to an old bullring on the site, with concrete setts marking the posts and a change in the pattern of block paving within the courtyard suggesting the plan of the old bullring.

Two storey houses sit close to the pavement edge along East Street, following the historic pattern within the town. On the north-west side of the site the root protection area of a prominent sycamore has created the opportunity for a new mini park on East Street. Dwellings on the south side of the site have a more contemporary design, reflecting the newer character of Wyatt's Lane, these houses are set back into the site behind a dense hedge of trees and shrubs, creating a green break in the street.