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The Walks, Flintshire SHARP

Flint, North Wales

The background

The Walks forms part of the first phase of the overall Flintshire Strategic Housing and Regeneration Programme (SHARP) which will ultimately see the delivery over 500 new homes across the region by 2021.

 

The brief

In 2011, Flintshire County Council commissioned a DTZ-led consortium to develop a regeneration master plan for the development of Flint Town Centre. The final draft Flint strategy and master plan, which is to be completed in 2021, proposed a range of detailed action plans which will strengthen the identity and image of the town, improve connectivity and bring a better housing offer into the heart of Flint.

Central to the master plan is the demolition of the town’s 200-plus maisonettes which have dominated the town in the early 1970s. Failing and no longer fit for purpose, the brief was to replace the maisonettes with homes and spaces that make sense and have a clear feeling of purpose and intention, encouraging a sense of belonging and neighbourhood.

 

The challenges

The main challenge faced with this project was the build programme. Work was slowed down as we had to allow a six-month archaeological dig to be carried out by Archaeology Wales just before work was due to start on site.

 

The result

The result has seen the completion of 92 high quality units, which are a mixture of affordable and private housing, that have integrated seamlessly into the town and community

In 2018, The Walks made the national shortlist – as one of eight of the best housing schemes over 50 units – at the Awards for Planning Excellence hosted by the Royal Town Planning Institute. The scheme also won 2019’s ‘Best Social Housing Development’ at the North Wales LABC Building Excellence Awards and was high commended in the CLAW Project of the Year Awards.

The judges awarded a commendation for the intrinsic social value of the project. They commented, “The scheme highlights the benefits of traditional residential site layout with substantial amenity space breathing new life in to the community”. The judges were particularly impressed by the reference to the original site context and the aesthetics of the new development.

Check out a timelapse of the project here: https://vimeo.com/275283914

  • Client

    Wates Residential/Flintshire County Council
  • Contract Value

    £8.5m
  • Status

    Completion Summer 2017