A proposal of 18 apartments in the centre of Swansea, working closely with a local social housing landlord has now recieved planning.
The site is currently occupied by an outdated four storey brick office building surrounded by low density terrace housing.
The new design responds to the history of the site. A former timber yard and later bus depot informs the palette of materials. Inspiration has also been sought from the industrial language of warehouses nearby.
The lowest floor is below street level and serves as a new brick podium for four storeys of highly insulated timber frame accommodation above.
Vertical oriel window bays are a key element of the design, introduced to the main facade to re-orientate views towards the main public realm. These oriel’s also help shield the occupants of the existing terrace houses opposite form the main living spaces within the proposed apartments; overcoming a key concern of the planning department.
An important part of the design was the introduction of structurally independent ‘open’ external walkways to the rear. This allows each individual apartment to gain a slice of the sun, allowing North and South light to penetrate deep into the plan of each home.
The project will achieve 3+ code for sustainable homes rating with an enhanced thermal envelope design approach, minimising the requirement for any additional bolt on sustainable technologies.