Lomax Street lies within an area of the city that is to be the focus of the HS2 Masterplan which aims to create a new city district with diverse neighbourhoods and greater connectivity. The site occupies a position in the ‘East Village’ neighbourhood identified in the HS2 Masterplan which is described as an area for mixed use development with residential focus around canal basins.
The proposal developed as a response to the brief and through historical analysis of the sites historic street pattern. Two distinct blocks occupied the site both connected to the rear by an access court.
Lomax Street was previously occupied by densely packed workers terrace housing with a narrow repeated plan facing on to the equally narrow street. Contrastingly, the Ducie Street portion of the site contained larger buildings with wider facades facing onto the wider street which accommodated carts and wagons serving the mills. The rears of both blocks were accessed from an access court leading off Brock Street.
These principals have been utilised to develop the organisation and definition of the proposals massing and façade treatment. The massing rises to a maximum of 8 storeys as two clearly defined blocks with an interconnecting element representative of the former ‘court’ area. This concept is extended to include a hidden oasis courtyard entered off Brock Street to provide entry and amenity for the residences. The massing steps down from 8 storeys on Lomax Street to provide further amenity through a communal south facing roof terrace on Ducie Street.
Elevational treatment of each block looks to the organisation of the historic street pattern, The Lomax Street elevation features a much tighter and repetitive treatment akin to the former terraced housing. The Ducie Street elevation opens up to the wider street and south facing views allowing for balconies to these apartments.
The proposal is for 41 apartments varying from 1-bed to 3-bed units.