We handled the redevelopment of a prominent mixed-use site in the centre of Loughton, with two elements: the rejuvenation of a tired block that faces the High Road, plus the construction of a new building to the rear, housing a commercial unit on the ground floor with apartments above.
What We Propose
Following our evaluation of the site, we proposed that the existing building receive a new contemporary facade treatment, as well as an additional storey.
To the rear, a new five-storey building will feature a ground-floor commercial unit, with 12 apartments above, in replacement of a car park.
The side road – currently a rather unloved street accessing the adjacent Marks & Spencer’s car park – is proposed to be rejuvenated via the addition of the new commercial unit and the high-quality apartments.
- To enhance the existing building fabric we will improve its appearance with a re-clad rendered wrap, encasing the panels of existing brickwork
- Roof extension to create a better sense of balance with the building’s neighbours – stepping down from the new block at the back, but rising up to better complement the adjacent Marks & Spencer. Its style and materials will help to create and visual link between old and new
Minimal space wasted on circulation zones
All of the apartments in the rear block have balconies from the main living area
Placement of windows and balconies has been carefully considered to avoid overlooking and create a visually interesting facade
"The prominent location of this site presents a perfect opportunity to create a statement building on the High Road. By encouraging well-designed architecture and effectively creating an appealing "new" road out of the unkempt side-access street, we hoped that the project would bring forward a new and vibrant High Road. Old and new architecture, commercial and residential, and most of all – more people. After all, a High Road is nothing without its public."
Melanie Clear, Founder