Newhall: Award winning design for Harlow

Harlow new town, built in the 1950s, is known for its brutalist concrete architecture, loved by some and loathed by others. On the outskirts of the town is Newhall, a much newer address but with a forward-thinking design approach that is very much in the spirit of its older neighbour
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Jon and William Moen secured planning permission for a showpiece village on 280 acres of family farmland and enlisted a collection of architects to create homes with a distinctly modern design twist that nonetheless fit into the semi-rural landscape.

The Moens are parcelling up smaller plots for developers to buy and build individual clusters of homes that conform to a strict overall design code, which includes pedestrian-friendly zones and ecological planting - woodland, hedgerows, streams and lakes.

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"We want the place to become a new millennium market town, not another housing estate," says Jon Moen.



Living room in the showhouse
Living room in the showhouse
Newhall has already won several design awards. Walk around and you see tree-lined contoured roads rather than grid-like boulevards. Buildings feature projecting bay windows and conservatories, domed roofs and steep pitched roofs, timber-clad walls alongside powder-coated aluminium turquoise-coloured panels, copper, steel and glass facades mixing with Welsh slate, even thatch.

Many of the homes have penthouse-like qualities with double-height space, spiral staircases and extensive glazing. Eventually there will be 2,800 homes - a high-density development normally reserved for brownfield sites such as those in the Thames Gateway.

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Kitchen in the showhouse
Kitchen in the showhouse
Disused farm buildings are to be remodelled into a community centre. And there will be commercial space, primary school, performance venue and art studios.

Roof terrace
The roof terrace at the showhouse
North Chase is the latest phase to be launched - 127 homes, a mix of apartments, town houses, detached villas and live/work units. Prices range from £225,000 to £450,000. Call the marketing suite on 01279 416660.

The location is convenient for London commuters: Harlow is 30 minutes by train to Liverpool on the Stansted Express, while by road, the M11 provides direct access to Stratford and Canary Wharf.

Houses and flats to rent in Harlow
Houses and flats for sale in Harlow

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