Framlingham's New Gateway

Framlingham's new gateway.

Where there was once an eyesore of derelict industrial buildings the Hopkins Homes development of Prospect Place on Station Road to the south of Framlingham has created a gateway fitting of the medival town which has won praise from many quarters.

Brownfield to warm welcome

The regeneration of brownfield sites presents many challenges for developers which might be why the site stood untouched for almost a decade. Given their commitment to designing homes and developments which complement the twons they are a part of, Hopkins Homes was well suited to taking on the challenge. The Woodbridge-based developer took inspiration from the site's industrial past whilst ensuring the mix of house styles and sizes chosen meets present day demand. Simon Bryan, Development Director at Hopkins Homes said: "Framlingham was a challenging site for us given its former industrial useage. We were also acutely aware of the character and charm of the town and were adamant that our development would complement these and create a suitably welcoming gateway."

Award winning attention to detail

The development has been singled out for praise in the House of Lords where Lord Marlseford commended the efforts that Hopkins Homes has taken to blend the new development into the town. It was this skill which was recognised by the judging panel when they named Prospect Place Silver Winner for Best Regeneration Project at the national WhatHouse? Awards.

The judges report states: "As one has come to expect from Hopkins Homes, the developer has really paid attention to architectural detail, using quality materials and a vast number of house types in order to give the scheme an established look in keeping with the local area..."

The developer, who won Best Medium Housebuilder at the same awards, used a variety of architectural details to link the homes at Prospect Plae with the history of the area. The street scene was inspired by the town's former railway station and the Victorian engine sheds which once stood on the site. Simon Bryan said: "We wanted to try to retain the influences of the previous use and respect the history of the site. The homes are predominantly red brick and some of the detailing of the facade along the gateway into town picks up the concept of the recessed brick panels of the old engine sheds."

Community spirit

The site has a range of house types and sizes. First time buyers, and Hopkins Homes employees, Heaven and Lewis were eager to snap up one of the apartments at Framlingham. Heaven said: "We'd been looking for our first home together for a while so we were quick off the mark when the Marigold apartments at Framlingham became available. We've watched the development go up around us and we are really enjoying the sense of community that has also grown. Neither of us is from Framlingham but the town is lovely."

Buyer Testimonial

"Last year my partner and I purchased a property at one of Hopkins Homes' other developments in Suffolk. "We went along to an open day after seeing an advert that explained the new development offered the Help to Buy scheme (something that we had been considering as first time buyers). "The first thing I noticed when we arrived at the development was how the homes were designed in an attractive, traditional style and fitted in with the rest of the town. We were shown around the properties in our price range and I was impressed at the different layouts available to suit different tastes. Some offered living space over two floors, some over three and all had allocated parking spaces - a big plus for us! Although the exterior of the properties looked classic, inside they had been designed for modern living with plenty of storage space and bathrooms. "Hopkins Homes were incredibly helpful throughout the buying process. We were unsurprisingly a little daunted at the beginning of our first house buying experience, but the team were there at every step to answer our questions. The company's recommended mortgage advisor was especially helpful and he organised our offers and gave us invaluable advice."