The site consists of a substantial area of disused land, adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford mainline railway station. Originally a Network Rail goods yard and sidings, these have been largely decommissioned, such that the current car-parking and derelict land constitutes a poor use of a prominent and important town centre site.
Bishop’s Stortford goods yard has been undeveloped for decades despite numerous developer attempts. AWW was appointed to develop a commercially viable masterplan for the site where the medieval town’s rich tapestry of streets could be enhanced with direct pedestrian access to the station from the town centre and the towns southerly residential areas. Seeking to balance the complex structural challenges of designing a viable site masterplan upon alluvial shell beds the design team have delivered a masterplan which provides direct access to the river’s edge from the station and town’s centre via a new pedestrian boulevard.
The riverside location is largely underwhelming, under-occupied and under-utilised but has great potential. AWW is developing a sustainable strategic vision for this important site, providing public amenity and much needed facilities, with enhanced opportunities for commercial investment and the provision of a significant volume of housing.
The project aims to reconfigure the site to form a positive point of arrival and thereby revive a site which has hitherto acted as a blight on this lovely medieval town, currently adapting to its enlarged population and its increased role in the rapid economic growth of the region.