Goulden Street sits in the centre of New Cross, within key proximity to a proposed central ‘urban square’. Through site analysis we discovered that although the site is mostly derelict, it is important to retain a large amount of the listed wall to help retain historical context in the New Cross area.
The scheme has been split into three distinct material types layering the scheme in both horizontal and vertical projections. The townhouse articulation uses brick with subtle change and transition in colour from light grey to a more contextual red/brown brick to signify each town house elevation and create a visual contrast with colour matched traditional window frames to reinforce the proposed colour palette.
A more industrial frontage is introduced on the ground floor to create a distinctive plinth clad in Brass/bronze metallic fins wrapping the existing ashlar walls as a nod to Manchester’s Industrial heritage with townhouses frontages above.
Finally a more contemporary extension clad in black metallic cassette panels or pre-caste concrete wraps the chimney to strike a balance between acknowledging the sites history but also projecting towards an aspirational future in response to the NDF framework and create a sense of community.