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Garrison Lane, Felixstowe

Development of the former Deben High School site into a leafy, considered and sustainable residential development. 61 residential units (mix of 1-4 bedroom flats and a selection of semi-detached houses) are being designed to Passivhaus standards.

The mix of social, affordable and private properties will share a highly landscaped site, optimizing visual links to the retained school playing fields which are being redesignated as a new cricket pitch.  The old school gymnasium building is being redeveloped into an Indoor Bowls Club and the attractive original assembly hall repurposed as a multi-purpose community hall, providing amenities not just to the new development but to the local community, providing new public access green spaces and leisure facilities.

Davies Maguire are developing the structural framing to meet the high insulation values of the Passivhaus accreditation, limiting risk of thermal bridging.  Modern Method of Construction (MMC) are proposed, maximising off-site manufacture, minimising construction programme on site, disruption to local residents and improved build quality.

Davies Maguire is also completing the civils design on the site which include new private roads with associated hard-landscaping design, implementation of SuDS features, and surface and foul water drainage network design. Due to the favourable characteristics of the soil, we have developed a solution that allowed all the surface water to infiltrate into the ground.

We have designed permeable paving structures for roads and footpaths and proposed the installation of multiple soakaways which will achieve great benefit in reducing pressure on the public sewer along Garrison Lane. The soakaways’ locations have been coordinated with the other disciplines to increase the number of trees across the site and maximise the utility of every space.


East Suffolk Council