Clock House Gardens transforms a derelict hotel site into an intimate community of 50 new homes within five two and three storey buildings, that combine brickwork with timber cladding and, together, create a central shared courtyard. The design solution responded to the site’s very particular context of the A1(M) motorway on one side and dense woodland on the other, with this modern take on a walled village seeking to reduce noise from the motorway. The high-quality aesthetic makes the scheme a unique and sensitive addition to the built fabric of Welwyn. Clock House Gardens is a totally flatted development, redressing a previous small home shortfall in Welwyn. Key to its success is the careful layering of building form: responding to the harsher environment on the edge of the site with robust brickwork, with a softer treatment of timber and glazing elsewhere to respond to the woodland. All homes are dual aspect to maximise on surrounding views. An extensive landscaping strategy introduces planting and greenery back to the site with the neighbouring lush woodland brought into the development through the large central courtyard.
This award is for the design of a building that exceeds normal architectural standards and makes a substantial contribution to the local environment.