At Beechwood Village, BPTW is delivering a dramatic transformation of the former Craylands Estate in Basildon with new factory-built homes. The masterplan celebrates a community focus, with a substantial green space at the heart of the development.

Number of Homes 301
Tenure Mix 15% affordable, 85% private
Site Size 22.43 ha
Planning Approved March 2017

Beechwood Village, Basildon - Placemaking within a modular development

BPTW has been responsible for the overall masterplan together with the detailed design for sites in the north and south of the estate. We developed this in close liaison with Swan, its development partners Basildon Borough Council and Homes England as well as the residents of the existing estate.

As a result, the existing good-quality houses on the estate were retained and the sub-standard maisonette blocks will be replaced with new houses. Organised around a series of streets and green spaces, the factory-built homes offer a variety of different characters, creating a more legible and permeable street pattern. We worked closely with landscape architects Outerspace to ensure these environmental and landscaping improvements form part of a unified landscape strategy that also links local parks with new green spaces, knitting the neighbourhood together.

From the outset we designed five simple typologies to ensure that all the new homes can be manufactured off site volumetrically by Swan’s property development arm, NU living, in a new, Basildon-based factory. The homes will be built using Cross Laminated Timber.