From the concept it was clear that while the proposed building has to fulfil the need of modern occupiers with their operational needs, at the same time it has to satisfy the urban design requirements related to its position.
The proposal aims to create a building of its time that positively responds to the quality of the context and creates an interesting and vibrant frontage that is also integrated within its new and changing surroundings. This has been addressed through the articulation of the façade and the choice of materials.
The most prominent view of the proposal is the front elevation facing Newhaven road, here a continuous brick plinth interrupted by brick columns ties the elevation at low level creating a rhythmical pattern. Above the plinth a continuous timber fascia framed top and bottom by metal cladding panels creates a continuous enclosure in contrast with the rhythm of the plinth. The timber and cladding pattern wraps around the building along the side elevations.
Ample glazed curtain walling identifies the location of the unit entrances and are of sufficient height to allow natural light to penetrate deep into the interior of the units. Two high level canopies supported by slender timber columns complete the design offering depth to the design and shelter from the elements creating an inviting and welcoming entrance.
The building’s design draws on a system of standardised reusable, recyclable and sustainable components. Many of the construction materials and methods lend themselves to be recycled or re-used after the store has reached the end of its useful lifespan.
Client – Robert Hitchins
Location – Quedgeley
Year – 2020
Size – 3,250 sqm