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The redevelopment of the Harrow road project delivers a sustainable, residentially led mixed use development, of high quality design with enhanced retail presence, after the fire of 2017 which destroyed the majority of the original building.
413 – 419 Harrow Road occupies a prominent location at the intersection between three key routes, Harrow Road, Fermoy Road & Portnal Road. The articulation of the facades is in harmony with their surroundings in materiality, scale and proportion, combining modern contemporary detailing with reference to classical hierarchy.
The design sought to reinstate the commercial use at ground floor and replace the ten existing residential units, as well as incorporate a mix of additional apartments at the upper floor levels. Principle aims included creating a sympathetic design that considered the constraints of the site and respected the surrounding residential uses, promoting a positive contribution to the immediate townscape.
The principal concept was to articulate the buildings massing by splitting it into two identifiable interlocking elements, one clad in masonry and the other in a metal rainscreen cladding. The outer most forward-facing element is made of brickwork that reflects the sites immediate context and location, with presence predominantly along Harrow Road and Fermoy Road.
The inner form is made up of a contrasting metal rainscreen cladding which seeks to accentuate the building with presence within James Collins Close and at the upper floors. This metal element also acts as a visual break between the scheme and its neighbouring building, Pocket Living.
A contrasting metal material is proposed within each retail bay offering greater articulation at ground floor level. A uniform design is also proposed within each bay helping to bring cohesion and consistency to the Harrow Road retail presence.
Contact: Stewart Drummond, Guy Harris
Client : Pilar Investments