The development of this site offers the opportunity to provide much needed contemporary housing on a site that is currently environmentally unattractive, whilst retaining a commercial facility, the Alibi, a local Heritage site, and further retail use at ground floor level by way of a Co-op store.
Above the retail use are 51 contemporary one to three bedroom apartments in a building that forms a pocket square around the Alibi, which in turn has four studios/one bedroom apartments in its proposed conversion/renovation. The development also includes one level of underground car parking.
The design has been developed to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of the area to a brief that creates a stimulating and contemporary building that is in harmony with its historic surroundings and position. It achieves this by respecting the scale of the surrounding buildings, recognising the importance of its setting and using sympathetic materials and details in its construction.
At the same time it repairs a fundamental fracture in the existing streetscape and replaces an inappropriate non-existent corner structure (the petrol filling station) with a building of substance that holds a key corner in this part of the City.