Scott Brownrigg Planning submits Planning for Woodcote Grove site
Scott Brownrigg Planning has submitted a Planning applications on behalf of Atkins for the redevelopment of their Woodcote Grove site in Epsom. The application seeks permission for the replacement of the existing office accommodation on the site with a state-of-the-art building comprising 9,924 sq m of agile office accommodation.
The Woodcote Grove Estate was originally bought by Sir William Atkins in 1957 to accommodate the growing business. By 1962 new offices had been built within the grounds alongside the Grade II* Listed mansion building. The offices no longer provide the working environment needed by Atkins’ staff, therefore proposals have been developed for new replacement office accommodation.
Scott Browning Planning has supported Atkins in a robust pre-application process which commenced last year, which has involved engagement with a wide range of stakeholders including Officers and members from Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, local interest groups and the local community. This level of engagement has resulted in a scheme that responds positively to the site’s constraints and has secured support from a number of those consulted.
The scheme will provide significant enhancements to the setting of the Grade II* Listed mansion, which has been detrimentally impacted by the proximity and location of the 1960s office buildings. On completion of the new building, the existing office stock will be demolished and the mansion lawns will be reinstated. The new building is set back from the mansion and will take the form of a pavilion addressing both the mansion lawns and the entrance drive, enhancing the setting whilst providing a focus point to the arrival at the site. Modern contemporary architecture responds to the classical order of the mansion itself, and the form and materials reference the architecture of the Chalk Lane Conservation Area within which the site is located.
The proposal will continue Atkins’ historic relationship with Epsom and ensure the provision of modern, sustainable office accommodation for their staff. The planning application was submitted by Scott Brownrigg Planning on behalf of Atkins in November and a decision is expected early spring 2015.