Nathan Wilkinson

21st January 2015

Architects Muse Over Successful Four-Year Partnership to Deliver New Homes in Doncaster


A Leeds-based architectural firm is seeing its plans for 97 new homes in Doncaster come to life with the first phase of houses well underway at The Gables – the residential development which forms part of a larger master plan within Doncaster’s Civic and Cultural Quarters.

Brewster Bye, won the architectural design competition, beating off strong competition from high profile practices both in Yorkshire and London, to win the contract in 2010. Since then, the firm has worked closely with Muse, the mixed use development and regeneration arm of Morgan Sindall, to design the one, two and three bedroom energy-efficient homes.

Brewster Bye’s Director Nathan Wilkinson says: “Our design responds to the urban context with an interlocking pattern of houses, with courtyard gardens to either the side or rear of the properties. This forms a strong layout that will deliver an interactive relationship between the private and public spaces to create a development that is both architecturally pleasing, and ideal for modern living.”

Morgan Sindall Group’s specialist housing provider Lovell is constructing the homes which will be the first high-quality contemporary houses to be built in the town centre in a number of years. The scheme is part of the £300m regeneration of the Waterdale area of the town which Muse is delivering as Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council’s development partner.

In addition to the design work for The Gables, Brewster Bye has also successfully developed a proposal for 51 two, three and four bedroom homes at Lakeside, on behalf of Muse. Nathan adds: “We secured planning consent earlier this year for the development which will form an integral part of what is one of the largest regeneration areas of Doncaster.”

The popular Lakeside site, which is located just South of Doncaster’s city centre, features a large man-made lake that forms a focal point around which a successful mix of retail, leisure, office and residential development has already been delivered. Work on the 51 new homes started on site this summer, and the homes will be available for sale off plan early next year.

Nathan adds: “Historically, the private residential sector has always been a strong area for our practice and it’s great to see our designs taking shape in Doncaster with the final units in phase one of The Gables due to complete by autumn next year. This year, residential development work has really taken off again following the economic downturn, and we are currently working on plans for several hundred further new homes in 2015 for a number of regional and national house builders.”

Dan Needham, Muse’s regional director for Yorkshire and the North East, says: “We’re delighted with the creative input and designs that Brewster Bye has provided. This is a very exciting time for Doncaster and we are starting to see a real growth in confidence in the market that is enabling us to deliver almost 150 much-needed new homes in the area.”

The Gables Doncaster