Bell Cornwell assisted Octagon Developments Ltd with their complete refurbishment and landscape restoration of the Wall Hall Mansion and grounds formerly used by the University of Hertfordshire as a satellite campus.
The site lies in the green belt and, having had a Secretary of State call-in appeal which was dismissed, Bell Cornwell negotiated with Hertsmere Council a development of 124 residential units, a business centre, gym and community centre to create a small community within a 50 acre landscaped setting. New footpaths and areas of open space were created and important trees and ecological assets were conserved.
This scheme shows what can be achieved when the developer and the Council work closely together and have the interests of design, conservation and landscaping at the forefront of their decision making processes. The development has gone on to achieve a National ‘Best Development’ award from the development industry.