The proposal is formed of both studio and cluster spaces, forming 322 units including associated facilities such as reception area, common room, cycle store, refuse store and plant room.
The massing is split in the middle, making space for more landscaping, and creating smaller elements which sit better within the existing context. The Liverpool Road massing is set back from the existing line of the pavement, allowing for more pedestrian space outside of the main entrance and common room whilst the end massing is lowered to fit better into the existing elevations. Roof elements are set back to fit within the scheme as a continuous and enhancing element, rather than an overwhelming feature. Working the angular elements in this way make the design less intrusive at roof level, and the shadows created by the chamfered configuration of the top levels create a further aesthetic dimension to the design. The roof element in general creates intrigue to its materiality, it draws the eye down the avenue and creates a reminder of scale upon the site.
The avenue will be gated at both ends, and closed to vehicles except at specific times. This creates a secure environment and helps to draw a line between public and private space.