Our proposals

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Proposed site layout

The townscape, connectivity, mix of uses and vitality of this part of the town centre call for a comprehensive approach to the redevelopment of the impermeable and dated area between the railway station and Market Place.

The scheme will provide a variety of long lasting benefits to the local community including:

426 new build-to-rent homes.
Around 280 jobs and £8 million expenditure per annum into the local economy
A workplace hub / co-working opportunity.
Flexible commercial units for artisan and independent retailers.
Sustainability enhancements including solar panels and ground source heat pumps, electric vehicle charging points,  car club spaces, cycle parking and on-site cycle hire and repairs, and a ‘Library of Things’.
A new landscaped pedestrian route named Eagle Walk, connecting Market Street to
Bartholomew Street and Cheap Street. A new public square, Eagle Square, is additionally
created enhancing the public realm and further connecting the proposal to the emerging
Market Street development

Inspired by the site’s history

The amended proposal creates a series of pedestrian routes, spaces and alleyways through the currently impermeable site, which are all familiar design patterns within the heart of Newbury and serve to reconnect the site with the surrounding areas.

Where new buildings sit alongside listed or character buildings, and toward the more historical northern end of the site, the buildings are lower, relate to the historical plot patterns, and have been designed to reflect the historic design and character of the surrounding buildings and streets.

Towards the southern and central area of the site where the surrounding buildings are newer, larger, and where the historical industrial uses were located, the texture of the design changes a little, with buildings of a larger scale and a more industrial aesthetic. The internal part of the site is planned to allow permeability and the buildings reflect the past historic Eagle Works’ use of the site and draw on a local palette of materials.

The design is intended to re-capture the essence of this site’s past and to allow movement through the site to reconnect Newbury and enhance the pedestrian experience of the town, as well as add to the success of the town centre for shoppers, residents, visitors and businesses alike.

The landscaping and public realm proposals for the redevelopment are based upon the re-creation of historical streets and spaces accessible for people to enjoy.

This brings an opportunity to introduce landscaping, seating, places to sit and eat, and an animated extension of the High Street directly to the train station. In addition, the new route takes pedestrians to the Corn Exchange and better ensures that all parts of Newbury can be more easily and safely enjoyed.

A diverse mix

There is the opportunity to create a more diverse mix of uses on the application site. This would complement the variety of uses already present in the local area.

Bartholomew Street and Cheap Street have shaped the site’s urban form and active frontages and the communal focus of Market Place and Market Street to the south have created a rich and lively urban quarter. The proposal aspires to add to this as a mixed-use scheme consisting of retail, amenity, work space and residential uses.

The proposals have already been viability tested and it has been confirmed that the scheme cannot afford to deliver affordable housing on site.

Cafes with outdoor seating
Artisan shops

Landscape and public realm

The design approach for the landscaping and public realm proposals for the redevelopment of the site considers the rich history of this site as a reference for defining identity and character within the new public realm. In particular the design looks at this history in terms of the urban grain patterns and the creative industries which have been active at the site through time.

The central north – south pedestrian spine route is a key opportunity for project and will also allow for east-west connections both to Bartholomew Street and Cheap Street providing the potential for creating new spaces including a new civic square as well as opportunities for commercial, cultural and public uses of the new streets as a whole.

Upper levels, including residential accommodation look out onto a range of spaces and include communal gardens, roof terraces and biodiverse roofs.

Music performance in the square
Socialising before a film

Wider surrounding and connectivity

Permeability is a key part of this project. A new sequence of spaces, with a variety of scales and character, will offer connectivity with the surrounding townscape.


Update road alignment to minimise vehicular area and flush kerbs to improve pedestrian character


Improve western crossing, add street trees and improve central road reservation. Create
connection to Market Street Development and Newbury Railway Station. Add planting and street
trees to improve Market Street.


New crossing treatment to Market Place. 


New pedestrian route connecting Eagle Square to the north and north east of the site at Bartholomew Street and Market Place.

View of proposals from Market Square

Climate change: our sustainability strategy

Eagle Quarter aims to deliver an energy efficient and sustainable development in the heart of Newbury, which supports the environmental aspirations of West Berkshire Council and provides a flagship for the town.

The proposals will incorporate ground source heat pumps providing efficient and renewable heating and cooling throughout the development. Photovoltaic panels are also proposed on the roof of the office. The efficient, all electric system provides the scheme with a flexible and future proofed solution to meet with net zero in the future.

The key sustainability benefits of the proposals are as follows:

  • The development is projected to achieve a reduction in carbon emissions of 48% from adoption of renewable or low carbon technologies, directly connected to the site, including electric heat pumps. This is significantly higher than the requirements of Part L (2021) and demonstrates alignment with all of the sustainability policies in the West Berkshire Council Core Strategy, specifically policies CS 13, CS 15, CS 16, CS17 & CS 18.
  • A reduction in carbon emissions when compared to the existing Kennet Centre by circa 90% –  the existing Kennet Centre emits 3,040 tonnes of carbon every year and the new scheme will emit just 325 tonnes per annum.
  • The non-residential uses will achieve a BREEAM rating of “Excellent”.

The residential and commercial uses will incorporate the following measures to improve sustainability on site:

  • Significant provision of high-quality internal amenity space for new residents including work hubs and meeting rooms to help enable working from home.
  • Water efficiencies measures and SUDs measures including green roofs and permeable paving.
  • The re-use and enhancement of the existing Multi-Storey Car Park on site including incorporating Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCPs).
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Points for 10% of all residential units across the site (53 EVCPs)
  • An on-site car club that will provide flexible transport options to complement the scheme’s close proximity to Newbury’s railway station and bus station.
  • On site cycle hire and workshop to encourage residents to cycle.
  • A Library of Things to enable local people to borrow everyday items.
  • Enhanced landscaping through the provision of new trees and shrubs assisting with the greening of the town centre.
  • Biodiversity enhancements and gain.
  • 632 cycle spaces

Aligning with the Newbury Town Council strategy

“Making Newbury a town we can all be proud of” 

Town Council’s Goal 1: Help make Newbury a unique, welcoming, safe and well cared for town

How we’re responding:

  • Creating lively new pedestrianised streets which provide new links between the town’s railway station, bus station and High Street and encompassing new public spaces which will green the Town Centre.
  • Providing 34 new flexible shops and restaurants that will be carefully curated with a focus on local, independent and artisan businesses.
  • Retaining and enhancing the existing cinema and leisure wing, plus improvements to the existing multi-storey car park including additional parking spaces.

Town Council’s Goal 2: Foster a real sense of community

How we’re responding:

  • Providing 426 new homes purposely-designed for rent which include class-leading residents’ amenities.
  • More people living in the Town Centre will add to its footfall to the benefit of existing shops and services.

Town Council’s Goal 3: Take actions to address the climate emergency

How we’re responding:

  • Banning fossil fuels from the scheme and instead using a range of renewable energy solutions which will save at least 295 tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum.
  • Providing a car club with 3 shared electric cars, cycle hire and electric vehicle charging points.
  • Incorporating a Library of Things.
View of proposal from Market Place

Aligning with the Newbury Town Centre Masterplan

Key principles include:

Broadening the leisure, community and cultural ‘experience’, the town centre can be transformed into a ‘multi-functional’ space, attracting more visitors and increasing dwell time.

Response: Eagle Quarter will create a new and exciting part of the town centre, renewing a currently underused area with new retail, restaurant and café uses with active frontages onto the new streets and public spaces.

Make the town centre more ‘walkable’ and increase the appeal of the town’s spaces, buildings and key assets by enhancing north-south and east-west permeability by foot.

Response: The proposals create new streets, linking the railway station and the Market Street development through to Northbrook Street from north to south. The proposals also link Bartholomew Street in the west to Market Place and Cheap Street in the east. Cycling facilities are hugely improve on site

A greener town centre.

Response: The current Kennet Centre incorporates no green space or landscaping with the only tree on site located next to the multi-storey car park on Bartholomew Street. The proposals incorporate significant tree planting and soft landscaping and green roofs on the upper levels.

A more sociable town – support opportunities for spill out space for cafes and restaurants.

Response: The proposals ensure that the new streets incorporate spill out space for cafes and restaurants as well as market stalls and other on-street traders.

A more cultural town.

Response: The scheme incorporates space within the new public and civic spaces for events to be held. A bandstand is proposed, and space is available for outdoor events such as concerts and outdoor movies.

Promote the heritage of Newbury as an “independent” market town supporting independent businesses and recognising that the proposals for Eagle Quarter will provide units catered for small independent businesses.

Report: Our proposals have been carefully designed to support independent and artisan businesses on site.

Delivery of new office space particularly on delivering smaller, fit-for-purpose new office space for small businesses, start-ups and those looking for workspace closer to home.

Response: Our proposals incorporate a variety of different types of workspace.