The HMS Ganges site near Ipswich in Suffolk comprises 16.6 hectares of previously developed land, for which EDP’s heritage experts and landscape architects successfully delivered planning permission for residential redevelopment in 2013.
Situated at the end of a peninsular, overlooking the confluence of the Rivers Stour and Orwell, HMS Ganges was laid out in 1905 as a shore-based Royal Navy training establishment, which mirrored the role of Dartmouth College in Devon for the training of naval ratings rather than officers.
Already possessing a rich and diverse historic environment, which includes a well preserved scheduled and Grade II listed Martello tower and extensive below ground fortifications established during the mid-19th century, Babergh District Council also designated the complex in its entirety as a conservation area in 2011.
EDP worked closely with the project architects (Clague) and the client to develop a scheme that not only responded to the underlying heritage context, but also retained and preserved those buildings assessed as being of significance, and delivered long term enhancements to the designated military fortifications through the preparation and agreement of a conservation management plan with English Heritage.
Central to the success of the scheme was the renovation and conversion of the surviving early 20th century buildings of the Royal Navy Training Establishment, for residential dwellings focused around the former parade ground, not only because that would preserve the character and appearance of the conservation area, but more importantly because it would maintain a sense of place around which the new development can be successfully accommodated.
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