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The Water Route | Peterborough

Watery inspiration from the Fens

North Westgate lies on Peterborough’s northern edge.  Currently a series of unloved derelict plots with few remaining buildings in use.  The project vision is to bring the whole site back into use as a new city quarter.  A mixed-use scheme with emphasis on leisure, entertainment and especially night time recreation, a facility at present lacking in the city.

In partnership with Chapman Taylor architects, Novell Tullett has developed concept proposals for an exciting scheme comprising planting, play, water and lighting whilst providing connections and access, convivial places to gather, and a great setting for the new buildings.  Taking our inspiration from the neighboring fens and River Nene we have proposed a ‘Water Route’ to compliment Peterborough’s historic Stone and Green routes.

Based on the principles of Water Sensitive Urban Design the scheme will be water responsive, helping to bring stormwater management closer to the natural cycle, functional, aesthetically pleasing, useable, and a joy for the people of Peterborough and their visitors. Elements proposed for inclusion are rainwater harvesting, water treatment, bioretention, permeable paving, stormwater channels and both passive and active evapotranspiration.

Water has the rare attribute of being both an amenity and processing a spatial quality, both of which can be promoted by good design.  Here we intend to bring water back into the city and into the heart of this scheme.

Key features

  • New city quarter focused around public realm
  • Open space created using water sensitive urban design
  • Bio retention ponds, boosting biodiversity and stormwater solution
  • High-quality urban realm

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