John Barker Place, Hitchin

Delivered over 2 phases, the regeneration of John Barker Place in Hitchin is settle's flagship scheme.

Phase 1 is Kingfisher House, with 37no, 1 bedroom, retirement-living apartments and 2 ground floor commercial units housing a takeaway and a supermarket (for an existing business from the estate to be re-located). This block also provides residents with a communal garden – a section of which, was designed by local pupils of the Priory School as part of a design competition we held with settle. The winning design was selected by a panel of residents due to move into Kingfisher House once complete.

Phase 2A has two sections; Cornmill House, and Oughton Court, housing 12no, 1 bedroom, retirement-living apartments and 12no, 1 bedroom apartments without age restriction, respectively.

Phase 2B also has two sections; Reed House, and Willow House, offering 22no, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for shared ownership. These 2 buildings are formed around a striking courtyard, providing a secluded landscaped garden area for the residents to enjoy.

Project Overview

Client settle
Duration Feb 2021 - Aug 2023
Contract Type JCT 2016 Design & Build



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The new homes at John Barker Place are being delivered following extensive consultation with local residents and members of the wider community, over the last decade. This development is significant in ensuring settle fulfils its commitment to build 1,500 homes (90% of which will be affordable) by 2024.

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