The site comprised two separate parcels on opposite sides of Park Avenue and were dominated by dilapidated mid-rise post-war apartment blocks and poorly laid out public spaces. The existing apartment buildings were beyond economic repair and did not fulfil local need. Complete redevelopment presented an opportunity to create homes, streets and public spaces to reflect wider regeneration goals.
Working closely with the clients Live West (formerly Devon & Cornwall Housing) and Linden Homes, the LHC design team proposed a block structure focusing on the creation of streets and clearly defined public and private spaces. LHC led a public consultation exercise with the local community and other key stakeholders and taking everyone’s views on board developed the masterplan to planning submission.
One of the key moves of the masterplan was to introduce new routes through the larger of the two sites. One of these runs east-west opening up a previously unseen view of the River Tamar and a direct pedestrian link from the main thoroughfare of Park Avenue to local shopping in Marlborough Street.
The completed development includes 86 dwellings, of which 34 were affordable with 17 built to Lifetime Homes standard.