This mixed-use development, comprising two ground-floor commercial units, seven residential flats and a stand-alone studio house, is built within the curtilage of the Neckinger Mills site, a Grade II listed, 19th-century former tannery mill, to replace a mid-20th-century prefabricated shed used as a commercial workshop, which fell into disrepair.
The building is approached via a gated cobbled courtyard, providing access to and parking for the building and existing ‘warehouse’ apartments and commercial studios. The volume is recessed on each floor, creating terraces for the apartments and reducing the visual impact on the existing tenants, preventing overlooking.
The large double-glazed aluminium windows, with subdivisions, mirror the existing cast-iron Victorian warehouse windows. Rustic dark grey bricks, render and aluminium mesh cladding accentuate the new volume. The apartments are designed according to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, while the commercial offices comply with ‘Excellent’ on the BREEAM