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Design excellence

The vision for New Hall is a series of tightly knit phases which aim to reflect densities of traditional local villages. Each phase is developed in line with an overall masterplan designed by Roger Evans Associates; it includes strict guidelines stating a palette of materials and colours to reflect natural local materials and built form around the site. The architects worked closely with the relevant local authorities, particularly officers who produced the Essex Design Guide.

Cala Domus is one phase of New Hall and is predominantly residential, although some flexible spaces could be used for live/work. The phase provides 74 homes, combining contemporary design with pedestrian friendly streets and lanes. The architecture is distinctive and colourful, combining glazed balconies, traditional brick and colour render.


Incorporated into the dwellings is a unique concept of a ‘living wall’. This one metre strip running through units provides space for all services and provides storage options for refuse and recycling. There is also potential for the wall to be adapted for other use as technologies change.

The permeable street layout and focal corner buildings make navigation easy around the spaces and all homes are within 400m of a planned bus route and within 60m of parkland.

The building line is varied with a visible signature building.  Chase Tower, the landmark building of the scheme is an apartment block which perhaps looks like a windmill.  It replaces blades with photovoltaic panels to generate electricity.  High level material and technical innovation, such as glazing that creates passive solar heating gain and sun spaces allowing for maximum light and increased solar gain, has helped homes exceed building regulations on heat loss and SAP ratings.


Project team:

Client - Newhall Projects Ltd.

Architect - PCKO Architects and Roger Evans Associates