This scheme proposes a sophisticated residential development in a key area of Castlefield. The project has been thoroughly considered and addresses issues such as limitations on the size of the site, and takes into account both the existing and proposed schemes in the area.
Consultation with the planning department and conservation panel has helped shape the design. Architecturally, the design provides a modern response that respects its historical context, and will have a positive impact on the continual regeneration of the Castlefield area. The built form is broken down into two identifiable masses.
The lowest of these two is located on the corner of Hulme Hall Road and along Ellesmere Street. The massing of the building within the street scene therefore steps up from Ellesmere Street to Chester Road.
Both forms are separated by a recessed, mirrored zinc panelled joint. A material firmly rooted in the present it contrasts with the brickwork and echoes the way in which the River Irwell and the Bridgewater Canal bisect Castlefield. The detailing itself represents the erosion of the external brick façade of the ‘factory building’ before revealing of the internal metal core that can either be interpreted as the machine or industry within or the canal or river that bisects Castlefield.
The brick facades are punctured by deep recessed industrial proportioned openings, paying homage to the local architecture. A grey/silver narrow brick is proposed to act as a contrast to the red/brown brickwork adjacent but to also tie the building methodology into its architectural lineage.