The client’s brief was to transform an existing 3 storey office block into a residential development that would tap into the local student market. To comply with local planning policy, 40% of the existing office space had to be retained.
The solution provided a two-storey extension above the original building, which creates the additional floor space required and also gives the building the bulk it previously lacked. The gap beneath the building at street level was infilled to create additional accommodation but also to ground the building and provide a presence at pedestrian level.
45 new flats are created, sitting either side of a central corridor. At the upper levels the footprint is recessed to the rear to create small terraces, and this ensure that the flats do not overlook the neighbouring residences.
The street elevation has been formalised by emphasising the building’s structural bays, creating a vertical emphasis. The rear elevation is a mix of window forms and coloured geometric shapes. The new stair towers are clad in opaque glass panels.
Render is used as the primary cladding material as it puts minimal additional weight on to the original structure, and also has a varied colour palette. The top floor is clad in zinc to create a capping at the top of the building.
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