Wrexham planning committee resolved unanimously, in April 2015, to grant planning permission for the proposed development, in accordance with the officer recommendation.
The ambition to create a mixed-use settlement at Ruabon Park represents a great opportunity to deliver a vibrant, accessible and characterful extension to Ruabon Village, providing for the housing, employment, recreation and education needs of the area for the benefit of the surrounding community. A vision for the future that builds on the past.
The scheme will provide approximately 300 family houses, a supermarket, employment space with offices and light industrial units, and a hotel. A plan that delivers a setting with a strong identity and sense of place, that promotes a sense of community and that is sensitive to the character of the area; a plan that can be implemented in coherent stages and that is responsive to the market.
A landscape led approach to the layout, structure, and physical form of the proposals has been adopted in response to the unique qualities of the site – its topography, ecology and micro-climate. An holistic approach to economic, social and environmental sustainability should ensure the proposals are viable, integrated with established settlements and well connected to the existing infrastructure.
NRAP were appointed as consultants to a Cambridge-based group assisting in the foundation of a Centre for High Technologies in Aktau, Kazakhstan. Building on our experience of the Cambridge Phenomenon, as well as our recent scheme for High Technology in Tashkent, we have developed a model for an institution that brings together research and industry into a forum that offers the opportunity for mutual exchange, both formally and informally.
“Given the physical stature of the building, the intelligence of the architectonic solution, the grace and subtlety of the architectural language and the pallet of proposed materials and detailing, [we] can be confident that this is a building which will, justifiably, rank itself with the major religious buildings of Europe.” C.Boyle QC
The 6 hectare post-industrial site in East London, is highly contaminated and poorly connected to the surroundings. Channel Sea River to the East, the tube line to the south and a raised sewer to the north east effectively isolate the triangular site. Our proposals for a large mosque for c. 9500 worshippers, including a visitors centre, Islamic library, and refectory will transform the site – opening it up to the public for recreation and leisure. The future development of neighbouring sites is also promoted through the provision of a new vehicular link across the site. Pedestrian routes within the site anticipate the arrival of the FAT walk and new connections to West Ham and Bromley-By-Bow.
“The Riverine Centre will stand as a beacon of excellence: as a piece of world-class architecture; as an expression of genuine civic pride for Newham; as a notable example of much-needed private-sector, community-led regeneration; and as a potent symbol of our tolerant and welcoming society.” C.Boyle QC
There are fewer more difficult sites to develop in the UK than this 6 hectare post-industrial wasteland in East London. The site is highly contaminated, having been occupied for over 100 years by a chemical works, and is disconnected from its surroundings as a result of the surrounding infrastructure. Channel Sea River to the East, the tube line to the south and a raised sewer to the north east effectively isolate the triangular site. Our masterplan for a mixed-use scheme centred around a large mosque attempts to stitch the area into its surroundings. Proposals include the provision of 291 apartments, an enterprise centre, Islamic library, refectory and a mosque for a congregation of 9500. New vehicular links are proposed across Manor Road and under the tube line. Pedestrian links anticipate the arrival of the FAT walk.
Quayside offers the citizens of Cambridge the first and only urban public space in close proximity to the river, and earned a place in “The Good Place Guide: Urban Design in Britain and Ireland” (2002). It was built to strict commercial constraints for a development company established by Magdalene College and Trafford Park Estates. The form permits spatial variety within its volume, such as top-lit studio-like areas on the upper floor. The main entrance areas have glazed lift shafts within a four-storey void where the stair landings and passages have been designed to encourage conversation and interaction.
Our multi-phased work to re-furbish the University of Cambridge’s Department of Chemistry was granted £26 million from the Government’s JIF Fund. The re-fit creates new laboratories within the existing envelope, providing new services, finishes, furniture and fittings, and a Technical Services Centre within an existing basement Boiler House. The pre-patinated copper-clad flues take extract air through fume hoods. Extract ducts are concealed behind fritted glass which helps to reduce solar gains to the south-facing laboratories. The proposals therefore involved a dramatic change in the building’s appearance, and have a major effect on the Cambridge skyline.
Our urban regeneration proposals for Westlegate Tower and the surrounding area in the central of Norwich included an ambitious plan to re-clad and increase the height of the tower and for adding a new lift and staircase to allow its conversion into flats. Proposals also include the creation of a new public route and small square as well as the provision of retail and residential units repairing the street frontage to Timber Hill.
“The practice works with real insight into the needs of graduate students and produces elegant buildings that are responsive and practical for their inhabitants.” Dame Gillian Beer, Feb 2012
We prepared a Master Plan for the development of Clare Hall’s Herschel Road site and have been implementing it over a 20 year period.
NRAP Architects were commissioned by Balliol College, Oxford, together with three London-based practices, to prepare proposals in competition for their site on the Jowett Walk. A three-staged £9m development was envisaged, with 150 undergraduate rooms, a small theatre and lecture rooms, squash courts, a swimming pool and the replacement of the present cricket pavilion. The scheme was designed to accommodate the change from the predominantly domestic scale of Jowett Walk to the grander scale of the Master’s field to the north. Four quadrangles were to be created, and undergraduate rooms were entered from circular landings – giving a strong sense of identity to each group.
Fanham’s Hall, a Listed Grade II* turn of the century Country House, was bought by J. Sainsbury as their Management Training Centre. The site is 28 acres, and Nicholas Ray Associates prepared a Master plan which involved a complex phased building programme. We created a dramatic central atrium, and a two storey pavilion for dining and conference adjacent to a new lake. As lead consultants we advised on the appointment of structural and service engineers, landscape architects and other specialists. The landscape work by Higson Pearson won a design award from the Landscape Institute.