When assessing the potential developable area, FaulknerBrowns, our project architects, have designed the proposals before you, taking into consideration the key opportunities and constraints of the site.
We have to be mindful of our relationships with our closest neighbours, both in terms of proximity and massing, and have responded accordingly. The site’s location offers a wealth of opportunities to create a high quality and sustainable development:
• Close proximity to local and city centre amenities;
• Immediate access to local transport links; and
• Potential for view corridors through high quality streetscape;
However, there are a number of key site constraints that will require careful consideration during the design development process:
• Location of tall, dense, mature trees and vegetation on site
• Location of an existing substation that is to be retained;
• Proximity of existing buildings and the potential for overshadowing
• Location of the site within the Brandling Village conservation area
The proposed building includes for 60 apartments which are comprised of a combination of single and two bed apartments. The building form is articulated as a contemporary pair of terrace gables sited alongside each other. The gable form has been derived as a strong contextual response and represents an honest reflection of the buildings internal programme i.e. two linear apartment wings accessed via a double loaded corridor.
The pure gable form creates an opportunity to establish a contemporary terrace aesthetic along Eskdale Terrace, providing a sensitive response to the conservation area setting, whilst the eastern component has the opportunity to enhance the character of the rear service lane and to create a point of interest.
The building is set back from the road and follows the urban design rules of Eskdale Terrace. This creates a consistent landscaped threshold/buffer, in keeping with the character of the area.
A generous landscaped amenity deck at the rear of the building, and above the undercroft car park, creates a private setting for residents and brings life to the service lane setting. The edge of the deck has been offset from the site boundary, with tall trees proposed to the perimeter edge in order to visually screen the service lane and the rear of Eslington Terrace.
40 parking spaces are proposed within the secure undercroft car park which is accessed via the south access lane.
The site plan drives a landscape strategy of two north-south orientated gardens to the east and west of the building. The car park strategy with amenity deck above allows the landscaping to be maximised and promote the concept of a building form set within a greater open space.
We propose boundary treatments which both reinforce the Eskdale Terrace vernacular and enhance the existing streetscape aesthetic, whilst creating private and tranquil opportunities for residents within the development.
Further consideration of contemporary landscape solutions within the gardens are being developed, however the diagrams opposite indicate an initial approach to thresholds, sequencing and zoning.