Outline planning permission has been granted for the Oxley Health & Wellbeing Facility project in Wolverhampton. Plans for the site comprise a two-storey health and wellbeing facility, affordable housing in a three-storey block of residential apartments with residences for key workers, and featuring a landscape masterplan for the public and semi-public spaces by Randall Thorp.
The brownfield site is currently occupied by a former council training centre that has fallen into disrepair and will be demolished as part of the scheme.
Randall Thorp developed the landscape masterplan in collaboration with the project architects ADP, considering appropriate access routes for people crossing the site, making the movement of people safer by designing visibly clear routes and using surface materials to show route continuity. The landscape masterplan also aligns with the health and wellbeing ethos behind the project, and includes a sensory garden, new tree planting and provides access to off-site open space and woodland.
Laurie Sangwin, Associate, Randall Thorp, and project lead for Oxley, explained the importance of the landscape planning elements of the scheme, saying, "We're delighted to hear that outline planning permission has been granted for this project. Our goal was to design attractive, inviting, public and semi-public spaces while ensuring the critical requirements for parking, access and route visibility for residents and visitors would be achieved. This outline planning approval is evidence of our success."