Ecclesall Road

Mixed Use Residential Scheme, Sheffield

Architect: Bond Bryan Architects 
Bond Bryan Director: Darren Southgate 
Project Managers: Capita 
Quantity Surveyor: Capita  
Civil/Structural Engineers: Capita

Construction Value: £35.0m 
Completion Date: 2018 
Gross internal Floor Area: 17,000 square metres 
BREEAM Sustainability Rating: Very Good

City centre housing is a critical part of urban regeneration, bringing vitality and diversity to city centres whose qualities have been damaged by post-war interventions like ring roads, surface car parking and low density ‘retail shed’ development.  A ‘gateway’ scheme, this project will add value and much needed housing capacity to an improving city centre.

Our designs for Ecclesall Road look to renew an acre and a half of a former low rise and low density car dealership site, with a high-rise urban scheme of residential apartments, student accommodation and retail space. 

Designed in two parts, a twelve storey student tower adjacent Pomona Street and a cluster of three residential blocks rise above a ground floor of retail spaces; the project is then unified around a first floor landscaped courtyard that is shared by residents.  The ground floor units will be let to restaurants and bars and higher end shopping to complement the existing experience on Ecclesall Road. 

Although we aim to achieve an overall harmonious effect, a different look gives each building a singular character; the approach is analogous to different members of the same family.  The twelve-storey block rises strong in form using dark grey bricks, deep reveals and large format windows.  The Pear Street block is smaller but has softer features and finer detail; curved and splayed corners, top-floor setbacks, warmer coloured bricks, give a more feminine character.  The Pomona Street block is the shortest but most exuberant in character, with warm brick colours, rhythmic window patterns and an articulated zinc clad top: a more ‘youthful’ character.

Together these buildings create a family of structures that respond to environmental and building science considerations through their orientation and relative siting, maximising natural light, sunshine and acoustic privacy.

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