Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council


    Enabling house building with Homes England Accelerated Construction Programme

    Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council


    New homes


    Improved car parking provision​



    Green spaces

    Landscaping and green spaces

    Project Objective

    In January 2019, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council was the first local authority in the country to secure a grant from the Homes England Accelerated Construction programme and were awarded £6.1mt to deliver up to 410 homes in the centre of Welwyn Garden City. Welwyn is the UK’s second Garden City (celebrating its centenary in 2020), and the site is in a sensitive location to the north of the town centre and rail station.

    ICC engaged with senior council officers in the mobilisation phase and recruited a multidisciplinary team of award-winning experts including Allies & Morrison, Arup, Colliers, AZ Urban Studio and Bridges Associates to deliver the programme through 3-stage commission. Design development was aligned with the Treasury five-case methodology, including extensive and complex options appraisals for the enabling infrastructure and phasing works within the project operational and financial constraints.


    Inner Circle acted as Development Director, programme manager and ultimately trusted advisor to the client team. Leading the team, we found a creative approach to enabling the additional homes and developed an implementation and delivery strategy. As the early milestones were hit, workstreams were transferred to the in-house or technical consultancy team to progress through the implementation phased. Inner Circle were retained at Development Director to oversee the programme.

    Products included:

    • Strategic Planning Framework
    • Design Code
    • Feasibility study and Strategic Outline Business Case
    • Outline Business Case
    • Stakeholder Engagement Plan
    • Town Centre Strategic Brief

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