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Roots Hall, Southend-on-Sea Design

26 October 2021

Unanimous approval for Southend United stadium site paves way for 500 new homes by CZWG

Residential Architects: CZWG + LDA design

Location: Fossetts Farm, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, south east England, UK

Roots Hall Southend-on-Sea housing Essex
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Roots Hall, Southend-on-Sea Housing News

Planning Refs 19/01985/FULM

Southend United F.C.’s proposals for the re-development of their existing outdated stadium at Roots Hall into a new residential quarter designed by CZWG providing 502 new homes has been unanimously approved by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (25 October). This follows a tandem approval for their re-location to a new 21,000 seat mixed-use stadium at Fossetts Farm comprising a hotel, conference space, football training facilities by Populous with detailed approval for 347 homes by CZWG and outline approval for up to 1,144 homes by LDA design.

Roots Hall, Southend-on-Sea housing design

The Roots Hall scheme, located within the older part of the newly designated city will provide 502 new homes, 30% of which will be affordable rent on the 3-hectare stadium site, comprising houses and apartments in buildings ranging from 3-8 storeys, making a significant contribution to meeting the local housing need by unlocking the potential of the site.

The scheme will also provide a total of 6,700 sqm of publicly accessible open space in addition to 4,630 sqm of residents’ amenity and play space. Echoing the former football pitch, the Garden Square (representing the existing pitch), a new formal space with a central pavilion feature, lies at the heart of the development, with new concealed car parking over two levels within the embankment left with the removal of the football stands and the pitch which are set some two storeys lower than the surrounding properties on two sides.

Roots Hall, Southend-on-Sea homes

Sanjiv Gohil, Director at CZWG said, “This land locked site with significant level changes and restricted access, overlapping an adjacent conservation area surrounded by 2 storey houses and 4 storey apartment blocks presented a significant design challenge. The transformation of the old stands and expansive hardstanding car park into a series of richly landscaped, largely pedestrianised interlinked places stiches in the surrounding areas with connecting through-routes for pedestrians and cyclists, providing a catalyst for the regeneration of the local area.”

The proposed buildings share the rich articulation of the brickwork, curved balcony profiles and inset upper floors clad in metal but retain an individuality depending on the location.

Roots Hall, Southend-on-Sea housing

Planners at Southend-by-Sea recommended both schemes for approval, saying, “The Roots Hall development, alongside the proposal for Fossetts Farm, will facilitate the relocation of SUFC from the functionally limited and tired stadium that currently occupies the Roots Hall site to the Fossetts Farm site. The Roots Hall site will be transformed with the provision of high-quality homes in well-designed buildings, and publicly accessible open space that is more commensurate with the communities that neighbour the site.”

Once the larger Fossetts Farm Stadium is operational, Southend F.C.’s long awaited relocation will release the Roots Hall site to commence works. Phase one of the Fossetts Farm development is projected to be delivered by 2023/4.

Roots Hall, Southend-on-Sea homes design

Roots Hall Southend Design – Building Information

Team credits

Architect: CZWG Limited
Planning Consultant: Powerhaus
Transport: Steer
Landscape Architect: Terrafirma Landscape Architects
Environmental, Daylight and Sunlight: SRE Sustainability and Energy
Heritage: W.H.H. Van Sickle
Flood Risk and SUDS: Water Environment

Southend United F.C Stadium Building News

Populous plans for new Southend United F.C stadium given green light
Design: Masterplan, Stadium, Domes, Academy, Training Centre: Populous ; Residential: CZWG + LDA design
Southend United F.C Stadium design Essex
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Southend United F.C Stadium Building

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