The Commercial Road project is a high quality mixed use scheme containing 319 residential units and commercial space, housed within 4 blocks of flats and a short terrace of 5 bedroom houses. The buildings are of 4-14 storey concrete frame and masonry construction, each block clad with randomly staggered windows and coloured panels, with the tallest block clad in glazed panels. The buildings have been positioned around a new public realm that offers formal and informal spaces that open up the site to the surrounding area and promote new access routes both to and from the Commercial Road. Roof terraces and gardens provide additional amenity spaces at upper floors.
HTA rationalised the circulation and communal spaces and developed amended flat plans that achieve full compliance with all requested statutory requirements, while maintaining the original scheme elevational design and reducing the building area by 800m2 to exceed the client's required cost savings. A wide variety of flat types and floor plans which do not repeat has presented challenges to achieve stacking services and structure, which have been achieved through close collaboration with the external team.