Simon Foote Architects has gained a reputation for working on constrained and difficult sites we were approached by DLP and asked to take over this extremely demanding site on Agard Street, which has been our most challenging site to date. Due to the location of the site, there are a number of obstacles that need to be considered, including being within immediate proximity to the Grade I listed Pickford’s House, the 9 story student accommodation block on the adjacent site and being situated within the Firar Gate conservation area.
The proposed development is an 8 story student accommodation scheme comprising of 77 apartments. We have reduced the overall mass by stepping the building in relation to its height and its relationship with Agard Street. This minimises the built form towards the rear of Pickford’s House. This approach allows the proposal to be a buffer to the neighbouring 9 story development.