One of our favourite projects has recently fully completed on site, being the Eversfield Place student residence project I mentioned in this post ‘Want Planning Success? Then Plan for Success’. In that post I mentioned the fact that our brief was to provide as many study bedrooms as possible, a requirement that we were able to satisfy by completing visual impact studies to convince the planners that modifications to the existing roof would not have a detrimental effect on the conservation area.
The success of the completed project lies not only in the rehabilitation and conversion of a derelict building but also in the presentation of rooms with a thoroughly splendid view, quite unlike a project completed by a specialist team in London last year, and one which was unfortunate to suffer the ignominy of being nominated for, and winning, the 2013 ‘carbuncle cup’. The full story is here winner-carbuncle-cup. I am confident our student accommodation scheme at Eversfield Place will attract no such nominations.
The image directly below illustrates the setting, that of a stucco rendered, elegant terrace of Georgian townhouses, with the street-side windows benefitting from direct views of the sea. Site visits while the project was underway suggested just how amazing the seaside rooms might be when complete, as illustrated in the artists impressions further below but nothing could have prepared me for just how excellent they have turned out. In fact, they might have to be let with a warning to beware of being distracted from doing mundane things like study!