In May 2017 planning permission was secured for full demolition of Martell’s Department Store, Nos 26 – 36 Queens Road, 38a Queens Road and 1 – 4 Norman Gardens and provision of 129 residential flats over circa 1,625 sq.m of retail space, 103 residential car parking spaces, loading area, external amenity space, plant, associated refuse and cycle spaces.
This brownfield site has been the subject of regeneration proposals for a number of years if not decades, and previous proposals have not come into fruition. As this scheme relies solely on land within the applicants’ ownership it can progress promptly, and can act as a catalyst for the redevelopment of this area.
Given the height of the proposals, extending to six storeys in part, great consideration was given to the design and appearance of the scheme. The articulation of the Queen’s Road elevation responds to the existing college building and residential development along Queen’s Road.
The elevation is composed from a series of solid and void elements that add interest and interrupt the façade. The upper floors are set back to limit the sense of enclosure along Queen’s Walk and Queen’s Walk itself has been widened. The elevations within the central courtyard have also been refined to ensure that where the distance is reduced there is no overlooking between the apartments. Landscaping is provided within the central courtyard to improve the outlook from the flats.