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Award season: 3 new nominations

The Grammys may be over but at Deacon Design we are celebrating 3 new award nominations. The RICS Social Impact Awards – who recognise the built environment’s contribution to society – have nominated our Southampton school project and a residential scheme in Kent. We are also up for nomination for a Later Living project within the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards 2020.


Will you be a tree champion?

At this time of year, as we are surrounded by spectacular autumn colours, let’s remind ourselves of the importance of tree planting on every project. Read more to see how tree planting not only helps our environment but will also help you gain planning permission more readily.


The importance of urban greening

Populations are growing, many UK towns have declared a climate emergency and Councils are faced with finding new creative solutions to address flooding risks, habitat loss and relieving infrastructure pressures.


Deacon Design are Gold Members

Constructionline have recently upgraded our membership from Silver to Gold; the industry-recognised mark of quality that allows buyers to identify high quality suppliers to work with.


Ashford outline planning application success

Kingsnorth Green project to provide 550 new homes has been given outline permission.

In collaboration with Farrells masterplanning team, we have developed the green infrastructure, landscape and public open space strategies. The development will be based around a new village green, providing homes in a carefully landscaped environment, using existing field patterns and the Kent landscape character to bring identity to this strategic extension.


New instruction for business park

Appointed by Oceanic Estates we are delighted to start 2019 with a new instruction to deliver the technical design for two phases of development at the Adanac Park development, Southampton.

Forming Southampton’s premier new business park, Adanac Park encompasses over 75 acres of mixed use development comprising the existing National headquarters of the Ordnance Survey amongst a mix of commercial uses, retail, hotel and new housing.


Festive greetings from Deacon Design

As 2018 draws to a close, we take a look back at our highlights. 

It’s been an exciting year filled with a variety of projects, from continued involvement at North Stoneham Park through to an impressive school expansion programme in Southampton and strategic planning for a new community in Hampshire.


Big business for build to rent

Since the private rental sub-sector ‘Build to Rent’ (B2R) was thrown into the spotlight in 2012 it has gone from strength to strength. In the six years since Sir Adrian Montague’s report highlighted the potential of this housing model to help address the chronic housing shortfall, there are now 131,855 build to rent units either completed or planned across the UK. 


Play area design – it’s child’s play!

Upon a recent family trip to Austria, I couldn’t help but notice the sensitive approach to designing children’s play areas. In the UK we typically see play areas as a bolt-on to residential developments which is usually a result of planning obligations.


Summer project roundup

As we welcome the subtle hues of autumn, we take a look back at our project highlights from a stunning summer.

It’s been a productive summer at Deacon Design. As the practice continues to grow along with a greater diversity of commissions, we are relishing in developing ideas with our clients and design colleagues.


Springwell school phase 2 underway

We are pleased to announce that phase 2 of the Springwell School expansion is now underway. Springwell, located in Southampton, is an Ofsted Outstanding primary school for children with complex learning difficulties.


Continued success at north stoneham park

Since the successful delivery of the Phase 1 approval for North Stoneham Park in May 2017, we are delighted to have recently received reserved matters approval for Phase 2. Working for Highwood Homes and affordable housing provider Vivid, this next phase will deliver a further 514 dwellings and associated Green Infrastructure, Public Open Space and wider community benefits.


Green light for hedge end development

Deacon Design, working alongside Foreman Homes and HGP Architects have successfully secured detailed planning approval for the Phase II residential scheme at St Johns Road, Hedge End, near Southampton.

 The scheme, which will comprise 106 new homes, will see the restoration of a wet woodland complete with boardwalks and viewing decks.


Hawkinge retirement village – phase 1 completion

Set on top of the North Downs, Hawkinge offers stunning views above nearby Folkestone to the English Channel and French coastline. Located on the former RAF Hawkinge airfield, the site played an important role during WWII defending the skies above Kent and now provides a peaceful and beautiful location for “Later Living”.


South Downs Success

Deacon Design’s philosophy of landscape led Masterplanning is bringing successful results for clients across the South Downs National Park.


North Stoneham Park Planning Approval

Deacon Design are celebrating the phase 1 delivery at North Stoneham Park, Eastleigh which will see the development of 560 new dwellings and significant local Green Infrastructure enhancements, including the restoration of a historic parkland landscape.


Land at Lydden

We have been appointed by Pentland Homes Limited to develop the detailed landscape design for a new residential scheme at Lydden, Kent comprising 22, well needed family homes. Famous for its Hill Circuit the actual settlement of Lydden sits within a tranquil valley adjacent to the Kent Downs AONB and temple Ewell Nature Reserve.