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The Shakespeare Road proposals are the result of a rigorous design lead process. Detailed analysis, evaluation and iterative design review has shaped and defined the optimised, sustainable, and inclusive ‘car free’ proposal.
The site layout creates an active street frontage to Shakespeare Road to the west with perimeter buildings to the north and east. The resulting central landscaped gardens provides a secure, pedestrian only, fully accessible, and generous amenity and play space for residents to enjoy. The overall balcony and amenity space provision exceeds the Lambeth requirements.
The scheme will deliver 218 new homes in 3 new buildings ranging from 5-11 storeys; 77% of the dwellings overall are dual aspect with a range of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. The affordable housing provision is 35% (by habitable room).
Along Shakespeare Road the buildings are 4 storeys with a setback 5th floor to respond to the immediate context. Toward the railway, the central buildings rise to 9-11 Storeys reflecting the wider context of the Guinness Trust Development and emerging context of the approved Somerleyton Road Masterplan. To the north and south, buildings step down to respect the adjacent neighbours.
Building layouts are predominantly east / west facing, designed to maximise daylight and dual aspect homes and minimise overlooking; there are no north facing new homes. All homes meet or exceed the Nationally Described Space Standards and are inclusively designed with 10% M4(3) and 90% to M4(2) compliant.
The Architecture and materiality of the proposals is inspired by the rich history of the site and analysis of the existing context. Recessive, brick textured facades respond in colour to the surroundings with metal infill panels and setbacks referencing the railway and coal yard history. The same architectural quality and treatment applies to all buildings ensuring the development is truly tenure blind.
Biodiverse Green roofs, high urban green factor, enhanced building fabric performance, sustainable urban drainage, Mechanical Ventilation and Heat recovery, together with Renewable Energy Strategy contribute the sustainability of the proposals which will replace the current brownfield waste site.
Contact: Andrew Long, Steve Harvey, Anil Pallan
Client: Urban & Provincial