This project involves two separate schemes to increase the development value of the site. The developer, Client, purchased the site with the intention of converting the existing 3- and 4-storey purpose-built office buildings into residential use. We used our space planning expertise to maximize the NIA/GIA, providing a total of 94 apartments (including partial roof space conversion). The proposals are currently being assessed by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council following positive pre-application feedback.
The second development at the site was proposed by DMS to utilise the rear section of existing car parking for additional new-build development. A scheme for 14no. apartments in a 4-storey block plus 9no. 3-storey courtyard town-houses is being submitted for pre-application discussions shortly. Following the grant of planning permission for the proposals, we will be providing full technical design proposals, working alongside the wider design team in a collaborative manner.
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The scale of development respects its immediate context - the 3- & 4-storey office buildings (to be converted to residential use) - as well as the esidential developments to the East and West (typically 2-storeys). The proposal includes townhouses to the East and Western ends of the site, which are three-stioreys in height with single-storey 'link' elements that break up the mass of the development, create recessed patios at ground floor level and private terrace spaces at first floor level - and respect the height of the adjacent residential dwellings.
Towards the centre of the site is a four-storey apartment block, which corresponds with the adjacent buildings to the South. The ground floor of the apartment block comprises car parking, main entrance & reception area, refuse storage, cycle storage and plant - as well as the ground floor of two duplex apartments that ensure active frontages. The upper floors of the apartment block contain a mixture of apartment sizes, with a rear access deck and upper floor recesses to create private terraces. All of the dwellings proposed will comply with Nationally Described Space Standards.