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Bradley Murphy Design (BMD) is leading the green infrastructure design of a project which will deliver 6,500 homes on former army barracks.

The development will see Urban&Civic, on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, work with BMD to transform 716 acres of brownfield land at Waterbeach Barracks.

Waterbeach will be a new town in Cambridgeshire and the scheme will also include schools, a health centre and community facilities.

In 2015, BMD was brought in to provide a full suite of green infrastructure services for the outline planning process. Plans were informed and shaped by feedback from extensive community consultations, alongside the need to preserve both existing ecological assets and surrounding heritage sites.

The resulting application incorporated the retention of mature woodlandnd a 20-acre man-made lake, a legacy of the Royal Engineers’ time at the barracks. The project also includes 29 hectares of outdoor sports space and more than seven hectares of allotment and community orchard spaces.

Eloise McGregor, associate and project lead for Waterbeach at BMD, said: “This is a landscape-led masterplan which allows us to bring all of our placemaking expertise to an exciting, significant development. Our vision prioritises connectivity for people and wildlife at the site.”

BMD worked closely with the Wildlife Trust, the Forestry Commission and Natural England to achieve Biodiversity Net Gain on a voluntary basis. The resulting plans are for an interconnected habitat woven together by parkland, with semi-natural green corridors and green links.

Tim Leathes, development director at Urban&Civic, said: “We’ve worked across multiple disciplines to design a place which draws on its historic uses to deliver against the newest needs for the local area: quality, well connected homes in an exceptional setting.”

The next stage of planning and preparatory works will take place this summer, the lake is due to open next year and new homes and facilities are expected to be delivered from 2022.

The Waterbeach site is part of a designated new town which was set out in South Cambridgeshire’s Local Plan, adopted in September 2018.