The project has been designed by Assael Architecture and is being managed by Rees Mellish.
The new development sits on a 0.64 acre site and comprises two new buildings of three and four storeys. It provides a total of 20 new apartments – thirteen one-bedroom, two two-bedroom, three two-bedroom duplexes and two three-bedroom duplexes. 50% of the units are affordable, offering 10 one-bed apartments within a self-contained block, designed in conjunction with The Metropolitan Housing Trust in accordance with their brief for ‘supported housing for people with learning disabilities.’
The scheme is contemporary, while drawing on the modernist influences of its neighbour, the Corbusier-inspired modernist Grade ll-listed Alton West LCC housing estate. It includes defining elements such as: flat roofs, double aspect apartments, duplex apartments, strong and clear rectilinear forms, 45 degree orientation, large expressed openings and full width terraces.
The apartments are double aspect with south facing 1.5 storey high living spaces that will look over lush gardens. The scheme will maximise and vary the private and shared amenity space through private terraces and shared communal gardens. Every habitable room within the private accommodation will have access to a private terrace or courtyard.
A variety of landscaping, lawn and foliage create an interesting environment that compliments the buildings and responds to the site’s natural topographical and ecological features, maintaining a level of privacy to the dwellings
Niall Cairns, Director of Assael, comments: “The site has sat derelict and vacant for many years and this development will bring it back to life, creating a vibrant, inclusive community. It is this sort of regeneration that can make a massive difference to a locality while being sensitive to its surroundings and respecting protected architecture.”