The proposal is to provide a retail unit on the ground floor of the development and 19 social housing apartments on the first and second floor. This will include parking to the rear for the residential units and temporary parking to the front of the development for the retail customers. The apartments will be 1 bedroom, some being larger than others with balcony’s, which all meet the minimum area required.
The layout has been configured to ensure that the design is sympathetic to the existing street scene and follows the curved road line. The apartment scheme on the first and second floor has been designed using a simple yet elegant language of scale, proportion and massing. Sustainability can be witnessed throughout the journey with this unique design concept. The building is composed to ensure that it remains subservient to the existing street scene and the composition also ensures that there is an interest and subtle variety in not only its appearance but also in its layout.
It was important to ensure that the proposed building was not given a typical, continuous and thereby bland elevation by making it the same face across the entire front. The design therefore incorporates both two and three storey elements within the proposed site.
It was an important part of the design consideration to ensure that the new development makes a minimal adverse impact on the existing street scene while creating a landmark building for the area. It is for this reason, the new planting of trees and landscaping will be native and at the back of the proposed development, providing secure parking for residents.
The aspiration of this project remains to deliver a homogeneous scheme that will boast the highest standards in architecture, urban design and sustainability.