The primary vision of the scheme is centred around reinstating the existing villa to its former glory and making it the heart of the development. The objective is to retain, renovate and celebrate the original internal features of the villa. To help achieve this, no student accommodation is proposed within the villa. The villa will contain student amenity spaces including games rooms, library, study spaces, meeting rooms and a community room. A contemporary extension inspired by the history and elements of the existing villa facade is proposed to the rear, replacing the tired twentieth century facade.
A four-storey accommodation building is proposed along Langley Road and roughly follows that of the existing building footprint. Our aim with this building is to display a traditional pallet of materials detailed in a contemporary way. Elements of the surrounding terrace housing have been analysed and have been used to influence the facade design.
The facade of building one is influenced by the proportions and elements of the surrounding residential housing. It is intended that brown/red brick will be employed as the primary cladding material. The Langley Road elevation has been designed to complement and improve on the current outlook along Langley Road. A brick planter is proposed at ground floor level providing a visually pleasing buffer between street and ground floor accommodation.
The proportions and build-up for the facade of building two is based on bay windows of the villa.
A GRC spandrels panel is proposed at each floor level. This relates to the horizontal stone banding within the villa facade. This also helps tie the facade of building two to the proposed GRC detailing of build.