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Grove Road Urban Village

Project: Urban Village
Location: Grove Road, Kirk Sandall, Doncaster
Client: Urban i

Urban i chose this site at Kirk Sandall, Doncaster for an ambitious new urban village. The site is made up of two larger parts separated by Grove Road.  St. Oswald's Church (Grade II* listed) lies at the end of Grove Road, with the River Don navigation and tow path running parallel to the north-western boundary of the site.  There are also a number of derelict farm buildings on the site, one of which is Grade II Listed. Part of the site was formerly the old settlement of Kirk Sandall and comprised a number of residential properties demolished in the early 1980’s.

Demolition of the old village, however, has left the church isolated and remote from any community.  The proposal seeks to regenerate the area and create a new urban village and community centred and focused around the existing church.

A new hard-landscaped public open space with seating and tree planting has been designed. This new village square is a central feature to the scheme which can be used by the community and visitors to the church for informal gatherings, weddings etc.

The development comprises a mixture of apartments, houses, offices, retail units, a nursery, community building, live/work units and a business centre. Community facilities such as the nursery/crèche and retail units have been designed in a cluster near to the church, community building and new village square.  This forms a lively and strong street scene as one approaches St. Oswald's Church. 

All of the new buildings have been designed with a contemporary feel that respects the semi-rural setting, and acknowledge the vernacular of the church and barn.  Where the River Don dominates the site, the buildings have been developed with a distinctive waterfront feel, maximising the views and outlook.