St Philips: residential land promoters based in Birmingham


Node were instructed by St Philips to prepare a masterplan and landscape visual impact assessment for the site of the former Napton Brickworks in Stratford upon Avon District. 

The site is a brownfield former industrial site with a long northern frontage to the Oxford Canal and with a southern boundary onto the former quarry edge. 

Our landscape and visual impact assessment ensured that the masterplan emerged with sensitivity to the wider landscape context and took into account key views, including to the grade II* listed Napton Windmill, at the top of Napton hill to the south of the site.


Our contextual analysis ensured that a landscape and heritage sensitive design emerged which preserved local views and maximised the frontage to the canal. Our design created a series of perimeter blocks with strong frontages onto the public realm and secure private spaces at the rear.

A stepped approach was utilised to create a series of development plateaus across the site from the canal frontage to the quarry face. A stronger edge with a series of terraces was created onto the canalfront with a less formal, looser edge on to the quarry face.