[2013 - Ongoing]


Strengthening the bonds of community and place

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Nansledan is a 540-hectare urban extension to Newquay, led by the Duchy of Cornwall. The development embodies the principles enshrined in the Terra Carta 2030 mandate, which places nature, people and planet at the heart of global value creation.


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Nansledan delivers an exemplar sustainable development that enhances quality of life, strengthens community bonds and gives people a sense of pride in where they live. It draws on traditional styles, both in the built form and landscape, and the use of local materials and craftsmanship.

As part of the new neighbourhood, the scheme is delivering a new community hub complex, which will consist of shops, cafés, offices, flexible workspace and a children’s nursery, grouped together around a landscaped courtyard. Further amenities are planned throughout the new urban extension, including a GP surgery and market street.  Play is provided in local ’gardens’, which combine food production, play and meeting places, bringing together the whole community. The allotments and the community orchard, part of a wider food strategy, promote production of locally grown food alongside local employment and skills, and are thriving.

A sustainable landscape and biodiverse network are important elements in the delivery of Nansledan. Early delivery of easy access to green spaces for mental and physical health was provided in abundance, offering convenient outdoor recreation, relaxation, play and growing space. 30-hectares of farmland along the eastern edge was transferred to an outdoor haven of fields of wildflower meadows, used by the community and delivering biodiversity net gain.  22-hectares of SANGS has been seeded, creating species-rich wildflower grasslands, alongside a mixture of hay meadows and permanent pasture, providing further biodiversity.  The Chapel Wetlands River Corridor is a broad green corridor along the river valley that is being enhanced, with a strong focus on biodiversity and wildlife. It has been designed to attenuate drainage water from the development, create new wildlife habitats and spaces for informal recreation, with new walkways and viewing platforms over wetland areas and traditional Cornish hedges.

The long-term establishment of the landscape is fundamental. We prepared a site-wide Landscape and Ecological Management Plan, which is updated every time a phase is completed, and reviewed on an annual basis to ensure any new maintenance regimes are included to maximise our landscape resilience for the future. The document is central to the management of Nansledan, which is undertaken by the Nansledan Management Company.


© Hugh Hastings

I have enjoyed working with fabrik for the last decade on both of the Duchy of Cornwall’s current major projects at Poundbury in Dorset and Nansledan in Cornwall. They have proved to be a valuable part of the team in delivering these schemes, working to improve the biodiversity net gain and the detail for the green infrastructure.”

Peter James
Project Manager, Duchy of Cornwall


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RIBA South West Award

National Urban Design Award
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Newquay, Cornwall


Part built-out


2013 - Ongoing


219 hectares

Partners & collaborators

  • Adam Architecture
  • AWP
  • EPR
  • Andrew McCarthy


Landscape planning & Landscape design

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