Our design approach to Architecture will be guided by these five key principles.

Low Density / Low Impact / Low Rise

The built footprint of the new homes will be significantly less than that of the old mill buildings and factories that they will replace.

Existing hard standing will largely be replaced with soft landscaping, wild planting, hedgerows and gardens.

The low density of development will preserve the openness between the new homes which is a distinctive feature of the valley.

The reduced number of new dwellings together with single-storey and sensitive design, orientation and screening of properties will ensure that the natural beauty and feeling of spaciousness in the valley will be preserved and key views protected.

Local Character & Distinctiveness

By incorporating exemplary contemporary architecture, materials and landscaping that take inspiration from the local vernacular, the development will blend seamlessly with the natural colours and tones of the valley.

Integrating existing buildings and structures of historical significance will add considerable interest and character to the new development and contribute to its environmental sustainability. With the reuse of existing buildings we can help protect the heritage of the site and the wider valley.

Soft and natural materials such as timber and stone will be used throughout in an simple agricultural style to ensure the homes blend seamlessly into the valley. The strong linear lines are a nod to the linear footprints of the old clad industrial vernacular.


The homes are designed from first principles to be low carbon and environmentally friendly and incorporate features and technologies which promote sustainable living and reduce the impact of the homes on the environment.

The development will minimise reliance on existing national energy infrastructure with energy efficient homes that incorporate low-energy appliances, renewable energy sources and water conservation techniques.

All homes will be semi-modular, highly insulated with a fabric-first approach with Air-Source Heat Pumps, PV solar panels, Batteries, EV charging points and low E appliances and lighting throughout.

The development will encourage walking and cycling as active travel by enhancing the existing public footpaths ensuring the valley is more open to all residents and locals alike.

A new Loxley Valley Car Park can be explored to create income streams to ensure that the long term maintenance and viability of the paths are secured for generations to come.

Exceptional Homes

Our aim is to deliver award-winning homes in all areas; not just in terms of design but placemaking, sustainability and regeneration. We want this to be a national exemplar that Sheffield can be proud of.

A blend of harmonious house types will be created to cater for all income levels; from one bedroom homes for downsizers or first time buyers to five or six bedroomed luxury homes with additional options for intergenerational living, live / work and other types of homeworking studios via a series of optional annex styles.

All homes will be single-storey and incorporate open plan living, expansive south facing glazing voluminous light filled spaces.


The development will provide a new beating community heart with the creation of a new riverside hub for start-up independent businesses, a community café / bar and the retention and enhancement of the existing bowling club with padel tennis courts for all the community to use.

Community events and activities can promote the use of these amenities leading to a stronger and more cohesive place, where residents feel a sense of belonging and are invested in the well-being of where they live.

These amenities will attract the wider valley community and visitors to the area, which can have economic benefits for the local community.

New homes will provide a service charge to contribute to the upkeep of these new facilities.