Twickenham Square

Program Summary:

Twickenham Square is a 14-acre mixed-use redevelopment of a blighted former public housing project in downtown Huntsville, Alabama.

Program Statement:

In 2010, the Huntsville Housing Authority was in negotiations with developers to sell the 14-acre abandoned Councill Courts Public Housing site in downtown Huntsville.  A joint venture of Bristol Development Group and PGM Properties combined their respective expertise in multi-family and retail and hired Smith Gee Studio to develop a mixed-use master plan for the site.  Over months of negotiations and multiple concepts, we landed on a plan that met the needs of the Housing Authority, Bristol/PGM and another developer with interests in developing a hotel and office building.

Bristol/PGM was awarded the acquisition of land for an urban apartment complex with ground floor retail, parking garage, a new Publix grocery store and additional retail storefronts.  These, along with a new hotel, medical office building and a second garage were carefully planned around a new street network knitting together Huntsville’s downtown fabric and creating a vibrant urban neighborhood with active streetscapes and storefronts.  Taking its name from the nearby downtown historic neighborhood Twickenham, the project came to be known as Twickenham Square.

The entire development occurred in one phase with seven general contractors on site at once.  Extraordinary coordination among the three development teams and multiple city agencies, designers and contractors led to construction beginning in 2012 and a remarkably quick 2014 completion.

As Huntsville, Alabama’s first major urban mixed-use redevelopment, the $100,000+ Twickenham Square serves the beautiful, nearby historic neighborhoods, Downtown and the adjacent Huntsville Regional Medical Center with a destination of shops, cafes and restaurants within walking distance.

Smith Gee Studio served as the Design Architect for the grocery store and retail buildings.  Anchored by the new 29,000 s.f. urban Publix, the 56,000 s.f. of retail space creates an attractive destination for shopping and dining, day and night.  New tree-lined streetscapes, crosswalks, outdoor dining and dynamic, modern storefronts create an active, pedestrian-oriented experience connecting Downtown and the Huntsville Regional Medical Center.

Smith Gee Studio designed and was architect of record for Artisan at Twickenham Square, a 250-unit multi-family project consisting of two apartment buildings, a parking garage and 8,000 s.f. of ground floor retail forming a new urban streetscape. Contemporary design and materials and dynamic use of color, combined with traditional downtown forms, offers a unique urban living experience in Huntsville. Highly programmed common areas and loft-style units bring a new offering to the changing residential market.

Artisan’s amenities were designed to distinguish it from any other apartment community in Huntsville.  The cheerful Pet Spa provides residents and their “best friends” exercise equipment, baths and a grooming station.  The Club Room is fully equipped with billiards, flat screens, a bar/kitchen area and a glass roll-up garage door that opens to the amenity courtyard.  In the courtyard, you will find an outdoor kitchen with grills, sinks and coolers, a shaded lounge with festival lighting, a modern cabana with flat screen TVs and an exquisite pool area with water spouts and a shallow, walk-off tanning area.