Clarion’s Barne Barton regeneration project scoops national prize

Clarion Housing Group’s £22m regeneration scheme in Plymouth is continuing to gain national recognition.

Last week (22nd November) at a ceremony in London, the Barne Barton project won the ‘urban design and masterplanning award’ at Landscape Institute Awards. The awards showcase the breadth of exceptional work across the landscape profession, including landscape design, planning, management and research.

This summer, Clarion submitted its planning application to Plymouth City Council for the regeneration at Barne Barton. Under the plans, the Group would transform the former 1960s naval estate into a sustainable and vibrant community with lasting social, economic and environmental benefits. 

The overarching aims of the proposals are to change the layout of the estate and improve the views, provide new homes for families and older people, create opportunities for home ownership and enhance the community spaces. Crucially, existing tenants who wish to remain on the estate will be rehoused.

Masterplanning has been undertaken by Exeter based, Clifton Emery Design and the project had already been awarded ‘Building with Nature Candidate Status’, in recognition of the scheme’s approach to high quality green infrastructure. Architects on the scheme are RH Partnership Architects.

On Barne Barton, the judges commented:

“The site and context analysis was comprehensive and the approach to stakeholder engagement and resident involvement was exemplary.” 

Alexandra Willey, Head of Regeneration at Clarion commented;

“We absolutely thrilled that our approach to regeneration at Barne Barton continues to gain recognition.  Residents have been instrumental in shaping our plans every step of the way and it is pleasing that their role was highlighted by the judging panel.”  

Clarion’s Eastfields scheme, which forms part of the wider Merton regeneration project, was also highly commended in the same category. The schemes at Barne Barton and Eastfields form part of Clarion’s £2.6 billion national programme to regenerate its existing estates.