Aerial view one

Our proposal

New homes & workshops

  • Nine new homes: one three-bed maisonette, two three-bed apartments, three two-bed apartments, three one-bed apartments
  • Two ground floor workshops facing onto Hepburn Road: one 73sqm, the other 61sqm
  • 56 new student bedrooms, in 13 shared flats of three-to-six bedrooms (reduced from 66 initially proposed)

Heights mirror existing buildings

  • Most of the site will be three storeys (including ground floor), dropping down to two storeys at the back of the site, closest to neighbouring homes on Hepburn Road
  • The workspace on the corner of Hepburn Road will be single storey
  • The building abutting the Carriageworks will have the same roof height as the new Carriageworks building: three storeys (including ground floor) on the higher part of the site, and four storeys (including ground floor) as the land level falls away
  • An existing but substandard extension to the back of part of Stokes Croft will be replaced to a similar height, and a mansard added
  • Initial proposals to include further mansards along Stokes Croft have been withdrawn

Active frontages for safety

  • Key to improving the safety of Hepburn Road is having the workshops and some of the homes directly overlooking the lane
  • Both workshops have windows and doors opening directly onto Hepburn Road, with ten student rooms also directly above Hepburn Road
  • Seven market homes for rent will also look over Hepburn Road, but across a shared residential garden, providing further natural surveillance

Ground floor plan

Resident outside space

  • The buildings are set among three landscaped areas, one for the market rented homes, the other two for students
  • The layout carefully segregates students and other residents, using the buildings to create different spaces
  • Two market homes for rent have private gardens, ideal for families
  • The outside spaces have been positioned so they are light and spacious
  • Following advice from the police we made the garden that fronts onto Hepburn Road private, with railings to provide residents with a private amenity space

Materials & design reflect local urban grain

  • Modern, simple, crisp detailing using traditional materials in keeping with the Conservation Area such as brick, pennant stone and render
  • Recreating the historic 2.5m internal wall within the scheme’s design
  • Hepburn Road brick façade retains historic industrial pattern
  • Oriel box windows, powder-coated aluminium door & window frames add contemporary touches

Landscaping & ecology - space to breath

  • Extensive tree planting within the scheme
  • Low maintenance mass grasses to maintain tidiness
  • Clearly defined walkways for good permeability
  • Several benches across the site for residents to relax
  • Significant ecological net-gain, including via green roof on workshop
Proposed landscape plan

Landscape plan

Before: the rear of the site

After: workshops fronting onto Hepburn Road

Pennant stone to be used

Soft & hard landscaping

Traditional roofline within design

Traditional brickwork

Sustainability - economic, social, and environmental

  • Rooftop photovoltaic panels
  • Zero car spaces, other than two loading spaces
  • Secure storage for residents’ bikes

Transport, movement & access

  • Two pedestrian access points for residents: one via an existing entrance on Stokes Croft (where we propose a new artisan iron gate), plus a second on Hepburn Road
  • Service vehicles can access via Hepburn Road
  • With excellent pedestrian, cycling and public transport options, there is no need for residents to keep a car
  • Hepburn Road could be made one-way or closed to all traffic, though that is a decision for the Council

Public art fitting for Stokes Croft

  • We propose to commission a local artisan to make an arched metal sign to welcome people to Hepburn Road, as part of reclaiming the lane
  • We also propose to commission a local artwork for the side of our buildings along Hepburn Road, to discourage unwanted graffiti

Economic benefits

  • £268,000 per year in household spending from the nine rented homes
  • £941,000 of additional student spending per annum
  • Supports an estimated 17 full time equivalent jobs
  • Potential to generate up to £7.6 million for the local economy over ten-year period
  • Two workshop spaces will provide further opportunities for local job creation

View towards student building

Stone walling references historic patterns

Garden & homes overlooking Hepburn Road

Stokes Croft frontage

Existing shop frontages

snow stores
cuts-and-creps

Illustration showing Stokes Croft frontage

Example of street art

Proposals include artisan sign above Hepburn Road

Traditional style windows and shopfront

Traditional style sash windows