Jo Cowen Architects received planning permission for their build to rent (BTR) Oxford Gardens scheme in Bournemouth in November 2023. The high-quality development for clients Marchmont and Peveril Securities will provide 487 new homes together with a best-in-class amenity provision, including a residents’ cinema, gym & dance studio, level 12 garden terrace, and a sky lounge & viewing terrace at level 28 affording fabulous views of the south coast.
Once complete, this landscape led development will be the tallest residential building in the South-East at 30 storeys (95m high), bringing much needed regeneration to the Lansdowne area of Bournemouth, including wider tree lined streets and a significant new public square, with café, retail, and co-working space at ground floor. It is hoped that Oxford Gardens will become a catalyst for further investment in the local area and wider Bournemouth as a whole.
The massing of the proposed scheme has been carefully considered within both its immediate and broader context. We believe the articulation of height is well informed by the surrounding tall buildings in the area and the positioning of the scheme allows for slender and well articulated views of the scheme.
On approach along Oxford Road, the scheme responds to the streetscape with articulated frontage whilst also maintaining a generous public realm offering. These two aspects, both built form and open space, are carefully balanced to create an appropriate level of site density without compromising its ability to offer much needed pedestrian relief set back from the public highway.
One of the key design moves when developing the Oxford Gardens scheme was to try and introduce a much needed green public ‘dwell’ space adjacent to Oxford Road. Recent large developments within the Lansdowne area have, in the main, maximised development potential by building right up to their boundary lines, leaving little in terms of public space or green space that can be enjoyed by those working, living or passing though the area. As a result, the Lansdowne area and Oxford Road in particular has become a noticeably hard streetscape, lacking in greenery and lacking in attractive public space to relax and enjoy.