A master plan for the redevelopment of five urban blocks to include 191 apartments and 27 office, live-work, enterprise and retail units and the creation of a new pedestrian way, Cow’s Lane. In addition to the role of master planning and coordinating architect for the whole scheme, Reddy Architecture also designed Block B1 and crèche
Block B1 Site area: 2,328 m² (25,049 ft²)
Block B1 Floor area: 2,925 m² (31,473 ft²)
Block B1 units: 40 residential, 4 retail
The scheme entails a commercially successful quarter with character and variety. The overall master plan integrates the contributions of four other architectural practices, leading to the character and variety of a city quarter while ensuring the development was commercially successful.
Retail units within the project encourage street activity, particularly onto the new Cow’s Lane, and screen the car park under raised courtyard areas. The new street hosts an open air market, while the remaining floors accommodate 40 apartments in 14 different typologies.
The master plan preserves the nature and ambience of the medieval street patterns and achieves a balance between urban design, conservation and archaeological issues. Contemporary design integrates with the historic character of the quarter, with references to historic building lines and heights retained to integrate into the immediate context.
The regeneration of an inner city ‘brownfield’ site in close proximity to multiple transportation connections ensures the sustainability of development. The scheme also incorporates a district heating system which uses waste heat and hot water from the nearby council offices.
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards 2002 City Regeneration Category Winner
Construction Industry Federation Construction Excellence Awards 2000 Residential Category First Prize