The Wheat Quarter
Welwyn Garden City
Residential, Hotel and Leisure, Commercial,
Wheat Quarter Limited and Metropolitan Thames Valley
Health and wellness centre
Welwyn Garden City
The Wheat Quarter will create a thriving new civic and cultural quarter, encompassing housing, an art hub, museum, new community building, health and wellness centre and a new public square.
The plans encompass the sensitive refurbishment and conversion of the former Shredded Wheat factory buildings, positioned at the heart of the masterplan, incorporating a 62,900 sq. ft production hall which will be transformed to provide high-quality office space, and retained silos, historically used for storing grain, that will become the setting for an art hub and museum.
A new civic building providing community and healthcare facilities, office and retail space sits to the south and has been designed by Louis de Soissons – the architects who designed the original factory back in 1926.
The housing has been inspired by the industrial heritage of the eastern side of Welwyn Garden City, over 30% of which will be affordable. Apartment blocks are aligned to the east and western edges of the masterplan, leaving space in the centre for a new public park connecting the southeast tip of the site to a new public square, creating a significant centerpiece. A community sensory garden is also proposed.
Phase 1 works are due to commence in the spring of 2019. The scheme is one which aims to enrich the town - bringing Ebenezer Howard's garden city vision into the 21st Century.
ColladoCollins’ sensitive architectural approach has been key to achieving our objectives for this site. The local and national importance of these iconic buildings and the site’s 100 years of industrial heritage has demanded a respectful but also, bold vision. This has allowed the Art Deco buildings to become the beating heart of a new cultural quarter for Welwyn Garden City whilst delivering an array of community benefits which seek to enhance the town’s reputation as a model New Town and great place to live work and play.”