Lime Tree Court


Rock Townsend were appointed by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to redevelop two council owned garage sites in Hatfield into family accommodation, to meet all current best practice standards, the enhanced HQI spatial standards and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. 

Lime Tree Court is a flatted scheme of 22 affordable homes split across two buildings. Ground floor flats have private front doors onto the mews street creating an active frontage whilst the remaining flats are accessed via a secure gated entry which leads through the private shared gardens.  The buildings step in level to adopt the natural contours of the land whilst set-backs at upper levels reduce apparent bulk helping the buildings settle within their setting Simple and robust detailing of eaves, sills and heads and quality brickwork deliver a quality building.

The project has not only improved the area but also helped to tackle historic local community issues such as anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping. 

The design was developed in close collaboration with all stakeholders through a series of workshops and public consultation events, resulting in significant positive feedback and a successful planning consent, for the first council housing in the borough for 25 years.

The new homes will help to ensure that future generations of people who want to live, work and raise families of their own in Welwyn Hatfield can afford to do so, while benefiting the wider community.

We couldn’t believe we were offered something this nice in the perfect location for our jobs and being close to our families
— Jodie Simmons, new tenant at Lime Tree Court, May 2018

Description: 22 one, two and three bedroom flats for affordable housing


GIFA: 2,250SM (24,215SF)

Value: £3.4m

Status: Completed Spring 2018

Client: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Contractor: Mears New Homes

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Photography: (c) Mears New Homes

RT Team: Steven Bradford, James Ford