Cresswell Road

Darnall, Sheffield

Completed: June, 2019

Service: Architecture

Sector: Residential

Client: D Noble Ltd

Size: 1.40 acres

The site was a former works that had a strong influence on the character of Cresswell Road. The buildings were industrial and up to four storeys in height and therefore dominated the smaller scale terraced housing.

Challenges

One of the buildings was retained due to its architectural significance challenging us to create a residential scheme that incorporated and took cues from it whilst also responding to the scale of the neighbouring terraced housing. The finalised scheme comprises 5 apartment blocks arranged around the edges of the site, enclosing a central landscaped amenity space and secure parking. The apartment blocks contain up to 31 flats each and are between 2 and 4 storeys.

An industrial-influenced language of materials and design features were used, including metal window frames, balconies and louvres, red and blue brick, flat parapet roofs and render. Combined with a form that broke the buildings down to a more residential scale, the end product is a scheme that fits perfectly into its historical and physical contexts. Another key feature of the scheme is its sustainability - it uses a structural timber frame throughout and extensive green roofs.