A striking residential development in St Denys, Southampton.
Sitting adjacent and on the west side of the River Itchen in Southampton, lies a parcel of undeveloped land between Thomas Lewis Way and the Network Rail key line to London.
The LPA ‘Development Plan’ safeguards this site for employment use. Two schemes received planning consent on this site, one for an industrial scheme in 2002, and the other in 2008 for a five-storey office building. They have executed neither of which. Other consultants and practices have presented various residential development schemes for planning permission. The LPA refused each in 2006, 2012 and 2014; with two of these dismissed at Appeal.
Setting aside the previous planning history outlined above. The site possesses many constraints. Namely, the southern and western embankments rising to Horseshoe Bridge and Drummond Drive. Also, a 5m easement either side of a public sewer running through the middle of the site. Coupled with acoustic issues to overcome because of the nearby railway and the main A335 road.
The architectural concept…
Our design concept comprises a residential development of two six-storey buildings. In particular, comprising 16 apartments (12 x one-bedroom apartments and 4 x two-bedroom apartments). Besides, there were 20 car parking spaces created. All apartments enjoy private balconies or terraces. Also, all residents have use of an attractive enclosed rooftop terrace with notable views of the River Itchen and of the City and surrounding areas.
In conclusion, whilst the site sits in isolation. Its scale, form and external appearance allow this residential development to sit at ease with its surrounding. In particular, it blends in with the character of a nearby four-storey office block and further afield residential developments.
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