A development of much needed affordable housing on a restricted site in York. The scheme provides a mix of 2 bed apartments and 3-bed houses with parking in an established residential area close to the city centre.
The site, previously occupied by a large YMCA building (demolished 10 years previously), is brown field. The new development retains existing trees and grass planting on the frontage and enhances the site with new pockets of landscaping and the provision of rear gardens for the houses.
On the edge of (but outside) a conservation area the site abuts the curtilage of the listed St Philip & St James’ Parish Church. The church spire is visible from the entrance to the site and great care was taken during the design development to retain and frame this view. The site’s open aspect to the east provided an opportunity for a building of stature on the site frontage and it is here that a three-storey block of 16 2-bed apartments is located. Lift gear, located above the roof level is incorporated into the block’s own ‘spire’ reflecting the landmark of the neighbouring church. The remainder of the site provides 7no 2-storey 3-bed houses with gardens. These are arranged in a terrace of 5 properties with a further 2 semi-detached.
Built by Esh construction, materials reflect the surroundings: primarily a mix of brick with render panels and grey tile roofs. Variation is provided through the use of timber and the addition of glazed balustrades. The scheme is developed to CSH level 3.