The Wixams

We provided masterplanning, urban design and landscape design services for a development of 4,500 dwellings, within a new settlement of 295 hectares, to the south of Bedford, for master developer Gallagher Estates.

Project Details

On the site of a former oil refinery, the site is over 500 hectares in size.

  • 4,500 new homes
  • Outline Planning Permission in 2006, on site 2007
  • Multiple housebuilders on site
  • Four villages with village three as the town centre
  • One secondary school and three primary schools
  • New railway station


The full masterplan creates four ‘villages’, separated by strategic greenways, with the ‘third village’ developing layout, density and facilities to form a town centre with direct links to a new rail halt. Design proposals for infrastructure and development parcels will be controlled through design guide and code documentation.