Former ARU site

Advice on multi million pound redevelopment of a site in Chelmsford town centre.


The plans provide for 500 new homes across several apartment blocks, a series of smaller buildings, houses, and a supermarket on the former Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) central campus in Chelmsfordtown centre.

The site on Victoria Road South borders Parkway and Duke Street where the town's railway station is situated and is home to three historic buildings. These are the Grade II Listed Anne Knight Building a former Quaker Meeting House, the former Law Building and Frederick Chancellor Building which are both locally listed. Parts of the site lie within Chelmsford’s West End Conservation Area.

Working with award-winning architects, PTEa for the Genesis Housing Association, we undertook a townscape and visual impact assessment of the site as part of the mandatory environmental impact assessment. This was to assess potential impact of the development which included a 10-storey tower on the wider environment of Chelmsford, including the setting of the nearby cathedral.

We also produced heritage appraisals of the three historic buildings which will be brought back into use. We liaised and negotiated with English Heritage and Chelmsford Borough Council on the conservation issues associated with the scheme and prepared the heritage statement to support the planning and conservation area and listed building consent applications.


Planning permission secured in January 2012 with the S106 completed in November 2012. Work started on phase 1 in January 2013. This will deliver 219 homes and is expected to be completed in late 2014 or early 2015.

ClientGenesis Housing Association
Services providedAdvice  
BP teamJenni Mason  
Project value£100m+
* Images courtesy of ©PTEa
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