BUILDING DESIGN AWARDS 2012: Site of Harvest House, Chatteris, wins Best New Dwelling Scheme (Six Or More Dwellings)
18:25 13 July 2012
Owner: Circle Housing Group (Roddons Housing Association). Designer: Martindales Architects Ltd. Builder: Hills Partnership Ltd.
BUILT on a prominent location along Bridge Street, Sextant House/Quayside House/Compass House is at a transition between a mix of housing and small-scale commercial premises and ‘edge-of-town’ larger scale units.
Harvest House, the 1970s office building which occupied the site, created a very sterile environment that was detached from the local surroundings and Bridge Street context in being perched on piers to avoid the underground culvert and sewer below.
The scheme of 24 affordable flats successfully deals the difficulties of the various site levels, the underground services and providing secure residential parking, while providing the high-quality, high-density housing that relates to the surrounding context and scale.
The scheme generates a new active frontage along Bridge Street through a combination of ground floor dwellings and communal flat entrances while providing visually unobtrusive residents parking at lower level with a relocated vehicular entrance to the rear.
The material treatment of the dwellings draws on local context and the up-turned boat design to the roof of Compass House reflects the site’s historical dockyard use.
The judges said: “This project made excellent use of modern construction materials and is a prominent imposing presence in the street scene.
“The site was constrained by the presence of an underground water culvert but careful and imaginative design overcame this particular obstacle.
“Overall an excellent demonstration of how high density development can result in a quality scheme.”
Development south east of 30 Kirkgate Street, Wisbech. Designer: Peter Humphrey Associates. Builder: Fitt Ltd, Walsoken.
Six flats at 37 Market Street, Whittlesey. Owner: Mr N Corney. Designer: James Lewis/Peter Humphrey Associates.
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