Mixed use scheme of ground floor commercial & residential along with first floor residential - Doncaster, South Yorkshire
The site is located in a prominent position, with road frontage to three sides of the site, with a former public house occupying a central position on the site. The ground floor is made of 3 commercial retail units with the largest of the 3 units occupying a central position, the remainder of the ground floor is made up of residential apartments, the first floor is made up entirely of residential apartments. The new structures sit along the North, South and Western boundary to provide an active frontage, these positions close the loose urban grid formed by the existing public house on the site and add a sense of enclosure along with creating an internal courtyard for residential parking and circulation. The proposed scheme relates to the character of the existing surrounding properties but is recognisably distinct providing a new vibrant addition to the area. The elevations are composed from a limited palette of high quality materials which make reference to the existing housing stock. The lower section of the properties are to be clad in 'off white' colour through render which supports an upper section of buff coloured brickwork. Focal points to corner positions have been created with render proposed along with vertical timber cladding. Vertical timber cladding is used between window openings at first floor level to group the windows together into a single large aperture in the brickwork. Simple architectural detailing forms clean lines and provide a distinctive contemporary and vibrant character to the scheme.