This high-quality development reuses the existing concrete frame of this former office building and utilises an innovative steel transfer structure to build a lightweight, five-storey, timber-framed structure above. The frame is clad in brick and contrasted with fret-cut metal balconies and aluminium-framed glazing to provide a new high-quality material palette to the streetscape. The development provides 36 apartments ranging in size from one to three bedrooms. Care has been taken to design each apartment to provide a good standard of contemporary accommodation, with deep balconies to provide usable external space. The existing ground floor restaurant is retained, and by careful programming of the works, the restaurant can be operational during construction. A smaller yet more efficient layout provides a high-quality destination restaurant on the site.
This award will be given to small developments that have used the best design and quality to create desirable, affordable and inspiring environments in which people wish to set up their first home. The award is for schemes of fewer than 35 homes.