millgate

Location: Newark, Newark & Sherwood DC;
Client: Redrow Homes East Midlands;
Uses: 55 apartments and 14 houses;

A sensitive development of houses and apartments situated on the River Trent. This is a challenging riverside context with particular conservation ambitions including listed buildings and structures and required flood protection both within the site and for the neighbouring community. These constraints and opportunities have been integral in shaping the scheme.

The proposed development is contemporary, but understands the traditional details and materials found locally, identified through an extensive heritage appraisal of the local area. The material palette is calm and coherent to sit comfortably with the existing context, enhanced by generous openings, deep overhangs, and steep roofs, all contributing to a sensitive response. The composition of buildings manages the relationship with the existing neighbours, and listed properties on the street, wrapping up their gardens and forming a backdrop for the more prominent buildings which face the water. These buildings reflect the historic relationship of buildings sitting tight to the river edge, nearby.

Flood risk was managed through the creation of a floodwater swale on the site to ensure an appropriate and ‘green’ strategy for floodwater storage, whilst enhancing the character and aspect from the site.