HTA and De Vere Partners' Stirling Road has been unanimously approved
The scheme will provide 88 new homes with associated communal gardens, surrounding public realm, a roof terrace and private amenity space. The building has been informed by the principles set by the Hawkins Brown masterplan, which seeks to reconnect the island site with a series on courtyard blocks at varying heights, bookended by taller point blocks on key corners.
The courtyard proposal consists of two buildings: 10 storeys fronting Bollo Lane and 14 storeys fronting Stirling Road, connected by two levels of Industrial space at ground and first floor with a landscaped garden at the second floor. The scheme is centred around providing flexible industrial space which seeks to enhance and compliment the existing provision. These spaces will provide an intrinsic character to Bollo Lane and Stirling Road and also provide employment opportunity for the area, based around the concept of a thriving place for industry.
The importance of this space is highlighted by its grand proportions and the use of glazing, decorative metalwork, and chamfered stone lintels. This, in turn, creates a vibrant active frontage to both streets which is pedestrian friendly and offers high quality, much improved public realm. The residential design has been thoughtfully considered by utilising a gallery access typology on both buildings. This has allowed the homes to be 100% dual aspect, with all living spaces affording south facing views. The facade design references the recent industrial history of the site. Looking to the typology of historic warehouses, the muscular facades in brick, stone and metal intend to convey a strength of character and external toughness that gives solidity, durability and richness to the architecture.
The scheme does not uses fossil fuels, 100% of the heating and hot water demand is provided by Air Source Heat Pumps and the units are designed to achieve an energy reduction of at least 10% above Building Regulations through fabric and active measures alone. Low water use fittings will be installed to minimise water consumption on site targeting a daily consumption less than 105 litres/person/day and the dwellings will achieve an energy reduction of more than 61% above Building Regulations Part L1A 2013 and the non-residential space will achieve an energy reduction of at least 37% above Building Regulations Part L2A 2013.