Fuse collaborated carefully with local planners to ensure that the scheme recognised the local context whilst maximising the development’s commercial potential. The sculpted roofs of the residential blocks reference the historic core whilst roof terraces either side of the office floor-plate, which provide spectacular views, also provide harmony to the aesthetic.
The development comprises four buildings between five and eight storeys high surrounding a fully landscaped courtyard. The scheme is bold and contemporary, firmly embracing modern life, yet sits comfortably within its historic setting, taking cues from neighbouring buildings.
This delicate balance has been struck via a carefully refined palette of materials, most notably the selection of Ibstock Birtley Olde English Buff bricks – a rolled, textured waterstruck brick that complements the immediate vernacular (which is characterised by a variety of bricks). The reddish Ibstock bricks offer natural variation and interest but without appearing rustic. Meanwhile, special angle brick features add modernity alongside large glazed panels and railed balconies.