Project Description

Choc Estate


Client: J Q Charles

Location: St. Lucia, West Indies

Status: Plan completed 2008


  • 2006 master plan for 200-acre new town at coastal St. Lucia
  • 2008 charrette to further develop the plan for local planning approval
  • Design based on New Urbanism principles


In 2006 TSW was engaged by the owners of a prime 200-acre property on the coast of St. Lucia to design a new town on their family-owned land, which would take maximum advantage of its pivotal location at a major crossroads adjacent to the island’s capital city of Castries.

In 2008 TSW was retained to lead a one-week charrette, involving owners, selected architects, and planning officials, to further develop this plan for the purposes of securing town planning approval and delineating an initial development phase.

The plan, based on New Urbanist principles, envisions a mixed-use live/work/play community with a vibrant town center to provide a new ‘Main Street’ address for the island’s resident and tourist populations. This center, straddling the main coastal highway, will include shops, restaurants, and residences, as well as a hotel, school, and chapel, in an urban lakeside setting. On the property’s hillsides, with views across the lake to the town center and the sea beyond, are a range of residential offerings ranging from small cottages to grand estates.