Planning permission has been submitted for a 204 bed student accommodation scheme on The Lower Bristol Road in Bath, a 5 minute walk to the historic city centre.
With a selection of cluster flats and townhouses, the proposal has been designed to respect its immediate and wider context. As the site may be seen from a number of key views, the height and form have been designed to sit unobtrusively with the warehouses opposite. The roof responds to the existing linearity seen locally and the metal material chosen as a direct gesture towards the smiths’ shop of the Newark Works.
The 19th Century patterned brickwork is reflected in the variegated brickwork of the proposed elevations, building upon the local material narratives to sit inconspicuously within its physical and historical context.
The proposed development seeks to replace the current unsympathetic building with a new, high quality building, respectful of the materiality, colour and industrial aesthetic of the area. It is a consciously modern development, acknowledging its valuable context while recognising its own contribution to the ongoing heritage of the city.
Site constraints led to the development of two individual buildings thus allowing a choice of cluster flat and townhouse living. The latter reintroducing an active street frontage currently lacking on site. The development will provide shared kitchen and dining spaces, common social and study areas along with an on-site gym and secure cycle storage.