Ilford High Road Appartments
key description: Re-development of a car sales garage to 25 luxury apartments
client: Private Developer
architecture: Unit One Architects
Unit One Architects were initially appointed to produce Building Control and Tender drawings for a redevelopment project along Ilford High Road that has been granted Planning Permission for 25 new luxury apartments. On reviewing the scheme, Unit One believed there was an opportunity to improve the overall aesthetics of the scheme and the apartment layouts whilst keeping the project within the same budget.
Using a Section 73 Application which allows for minor material amendments to a granted planning permission, the scheme was carefully modified in line with comments from the Local Authority. The originally proposed elevations used render and melamine panels which we believed would require constant maintenance and would age badly. Instead, we proposed two complementary modern grey bricks, a light-coloured grey for projecting elements, and a darker grey for the recessed parts. This change would provide a subtly varied and hardwearing material that would age well on this busy High Road.
Moving from a rendered scheme to brick would add some additional cost to the overall project, so to offset this we improved the efficiency and stack-ability of the proposed units which allowed for the scheme to come in within the original budget.
Working closely with the Local Authority, the client and the design team we were able to deliver significant improvements within a relatively short timescale without having to revisit the original planning permission.