Working with the Isle of Wight Council and engineering specialist Stantec, RCKa has secured outline planning consent for a visionary masterplan to expand the capacity of Ryde Business Park to generate employment opportunities.
The project’s ambition is to provide a sustainable infrastructure to enable businesses to flourish, enhance the environment and create a distinct place where people want to reside, meet, work and play.
The proposals aim to create an active place through the provision of a diverse range of uses, exploiting the topography and biodiverse landscape to encourage pedestrian activity and providing a dense layout that encourages communal use. The carefully laid out buildings encourage activity beyond their footprints, creating external spaces which promote occupation.
Capturing a unique setting through the integration of a striking rural landscape, the masterplan celebrates and enhances the area’s rich ecology and biodiversity. This landscape will influence movement to and within the site, incorporating key views into the arrival sequences and inform the character of the proposals which will complement the rural setting.
A new community hub provides vital social infrastructure necessary to support local businesses and encourage wider footfall through the site. This provides a stronger sense of place and identity for the development and improve its commercial outreach.
The plots will be carefully arranged to nurture growth through arrangements that encourage interaction between businesses and are adaptable to changing needs.
A broad range of business premises are provided, including offices in a rural campus, arranged in enterprise A broad range of business premises are provided, including offices in a rural campus, arranged in enterprise courts. Paired industrial units ensure a range of operational needs can be meet and these complement the broader industrial park and the market demands, all of which is captured within a series of design codes set out to inform the later detailed design stages.
The masterplan will build social value through the provision of jobs and by encouraging interaction between the business community and the wider community.
Isle of Wight Council
Hybrid Planning Consent 2020
Ryde, Isle of Wight
Architects’ Journal Architecture Awards: Masterplanning 2021 – Shortlisted
Planning Awards 2021 – Highly Commended