We were appointed to design seven 2-bedroom units on a redundant site that was formerly a printworks in the centre of Abingdon. The development was separated into 3 distinct elements; the conversion of the Listed Building to the front of the site into two units, the introduction of a new building comprised of three ‘duplex’ style apartments to the middle of the site and the retention, conversion and modification of the existing brick structures to the rear of the site.
The designed layout of the site was somewhat complex and evolved through the highly challenging constraints of the site. The principal concern was to adopt a sympathetic approach to dealing with the Listed Building to the front of the site. As such the new building has been sited away from the Listed Building with an open, shared communal amenity area not only providing a ‘green buffer’ between old and new but also creating a sense of place and space on entry.