This site was a former derelict cinema which had planning permission for 53 mixed use apartments and 5 new commercial/retail units.
We worked with an investment partner, Ipro, and housing association partner, Moat Housing Group, to purchase the site. Package prices were agreed with Moat for the construction of 45 affordable homes and Ipro for the commercial/retail units and our sister company, Bugler Homes, developed and sold the remaining 8 flats.
The building’s original foyer, façade and staircase were all preserved and the new apartment’s contemporary architecture was designed to complement the original Art Deco features.
The commercial element included a large Tesco Metro retail units and a further 5 smaller lock up shops. Specifications for finishes and utilities services were agreed and a detailed programme was drawn up and closely monitored by the site teams. We worked very closely with the fit out contractor for the Tesco store, allowing shared welfare facilities, use of our distribution plant and segregated storage space.
The scheme incorporates what we believe to be one of the largest brick murals in the country. The classic image of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh from the 1939 Oscar winning movie “Gone With the Wind” was constructed from just three shades of brick. We were instrumental in taking the architects vision for the image and translating it into a buildable design, with information that the craftsmen on site could easily understand.