ECA architects have worked up redevelopment proposals for 74 flats across 4 floors for a prominent site on St Mary Street, Southampton. The site is currently occupied by buildings that are in a state of disrepair and the proposals will make a significant contribution towards upgrading the appearance of the street scene.
The scheme proposes a substantial building of modern design that will present a dual street frontage to St Mary Street and Golden Grove at the rear and will also wrap around the northern boundary. The southern section will remain open and a courtyard is proposed to provide an area of open space. The redevelopment of the site will retain commercial uses at ground floor and proposes residential flats on the floors above.
The building will sit at 4 storeys high with the 4th floor set back. The front elevation to St Mary Street has been designed with a series of vertical brick columns to reflect the vertical emphasis of neighbouring buildings. The materials proposed reflect aspects of warehouse building types evident in the docks of Southampton. The fenestration has been kept light and open where possible to maximise the light within the development.
ECA’s planning team have worked up a Design and Access Statement that follows the CABE guidance. An analysis of the context of the immediate and wider area in terms of character and appearance has been carried out, along with a thorough assessment of the relevant national and local planning policies, in particular the very recent Southampton City Centre Action Plan.
Pre-application advice indicates that planning officers support the principle of a high-density development on the site that will contribute towards the City’s housing stock, including affordable housing.
The Design and Access Statement can be downloaded here.