The proposed development seeks to enhance the vacant site at the end of the historically significant Stanley Flight; the gateway to the Stanley Dock and Liverpool’s UNESCO world heritage site. The design looks to reinterpret the architectural history of the site with materials that are sympathetic to the industrial heritage of the area.
The overall form of the development is arranged with three principle blocks orientated north-south. Each has been developed to respect the character of the surrounding context, particularly in the orientation and form of the warehouse roofs. The roofs of this development are proposed in addition to the height parameter of the SRF since the massing has been developed to respond to the local character area. The pitched roof provides an opportunity to create duplex apartments which by virtue of their larger size form two- and three-bedroom dwellings which could attract families.
The character of the warehouses within much of the Ten Streets SRF area is of elevations with a strong vertical emphasis and a rigorous rhythm to the façade. This is typified in a number of examples by recessed vertical loading hoists flanked by a repeating pattern of regular windows in between. The resulting appearance being derived directly from the building’s original function. The proposed development does not seek to create a literal re-creation of a warehouse, rather to make a contemporary design which celebrates some of the key characteristics. The design makes this interpretation through the vertical arrangement of the balconies highlighting the location of the living spaces within.