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AFL Architects Appointed to Homes England South West Rugby Masterplanning Commission

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AFL Architects has been awarded the Homes England South West Rugby Sustainable Urban Extension masterplanning project through a competitive tendering process.

The commission will be delivered through the Tibbalds CampbellReith JV. The project scope involves the preparation of a strategic masterplan and development guidelines for the circa 960-acre site located between Dunchurch and Rugby.

"We’re delighted to confirm the appointment of the AFL Architects team under the Tibbalds CampbellReith JV for this significant urban extension project, to advise Homes England. The team are already demonstrating an excellent understanding of both the challenges ahead and the overarching strategy needed to deliver the collaborative vision. We look forward to progressing this important site and creating homes for the wider Rugby community."
Sarah Taylor, Head of Planning and Enabling (Central) at Homes England

The South West Rugby Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) is an area of land within the Rugby Local Plan that has been allocated for 5,000 homes, primary and secondary schools, new neighbourhood centres, extensive new green and blue infrastructure and key highways infrastructure that will bring improvements to the wider Rugby area.

The land is owned by a range of landowners and developers including Homes England, Taylor Wimpey, L & Q, Tritax Symmetry and Richborough Estates. Homes England acquired parts of the site as part of its 5-year plan, representing one of a number of significant nationwide acquisitions that have stalled in the planning process.

As part of their interventions, the body have tasked the design team to coordinate the various development and application proposals under a common framework through which principles of design quality, placemaking and sustainable development are promoted. The masterplan framework will provide the vehicle through which distinctive, high-quality places and neighbourhoods can be delivered in the long term for this significant site.

The team were appointed under the Homes England 2019-2023 Multidisciplinary Panel and will be working with Wood Plc, Savills and Space Syntax on its delivery. The framework has been designed to offer services to the public sector for developments across the UK to increase the pace, scale and quality of development and accelerate delivery of new homes in areas of greatest demand.

"This is a significant appointment for AFL. Securing such an important commission with Homes England is testament to the effort and resource we have invested in our masterplanning team over the last few years, allowing us to deliver larger and more strategic commissions across the UK. We are also delighted to have secured this project as our first major project win as part of the consortium under the Tibbalds CampbellReith JV, who understand the specialist expertise we offer their framework team."
Stephen Stock, Director, AFL Architects
"This urban extension will prove to be an exciting challenge that, if delivered sensitively and collaboratively, will create new thriving and better-connected communities in the future. We’re looking forward to working closely with everyone involved to harmonise the vision for the South West Rugby area and ensure all parties can move forward successfully with their development goals."
Matt Quayle, Associate Masterplanner, AFL Architects
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