An undeveloped parcel of land located adjacent and on the west side of the River Itchen in Southampton, situated between Thomas Lewis Way and the Network rail mainline to London. The site is allocated and safeguarded for employment use (light industrial and research and development uses) within the ‘Development Plan’. Planning Permissions were granted on this site for an industrial scheme in 2002, and for a five storey office building in 2008, of which neither have been implemented. Various residential schemes have been submitted by other consultants and practices; and were refused in 2006, 2012 and 2014; with two of these dismissed at Appeal.
Setting aside the planning history outlined. The site possessed many constraints, namely, the southern and western embankments rising up to Horseshoe Bridge and Drummond Drive, a 5m easement either side of a public sewer running through the middle of the site, acoustic issues to overcome due to the close proximity of the railway and the main A335 road.
The architectural concept comprised of 2 x six-storey buildings comprising a total of 16 apartments (12 x one bedroom apartments and 4 x two bedroom apartments), with 20 car parking spaces. All apartments benefit from private balconies or terraces, and communal use of an attractive enclosed roof top terrace with interesting views of the River Itchen and the City and surrounding areas.
Whilst the proposal site sits in isolation, the scale, form and external appearance of the contemporary designed buildings allows the development to sit comfortably and blend in with the character of nearby 4-storey office and further afield residential developments.
- Planning Permission Granted.
- Horseshoe Bridge, Southampton. UK.
- Departure from the ‘Development Plan’ for Southampton – Undeveloped land allocated and safeguarded for employment use.
- TSBP Architecture