Duke Street

Proworks and Lanpro have delivered Architectural and Landscape design for a 152-room student residential full planning approval scheme for RAER Developments.

Lanpro are providing Planning, Heritage, Archaeology and Transport consultancy services, and together we developed a design that successfully responded to the many statutory constraints and the client’s brief.

The long vacant constrained riverside site presented many challenges, requiring an innovative and considered design response. The concept centers around a series of ‘fingers’ of accommodation that reach out towards the river, enclosing a south facing communal terrace. This reduces mass on the river edge, addressing concerns about “canalisation” of the river. The building defines a key corner of the river and road crossing points in Norwich.

Corners are expressed in curved brickwork and glazing, creating a visual reference back to the nearby historic Norwich University of Arts building, that also fronts the river a few hundred yards downstream. Expressed brickwork and changes in mortar colour provide structure and scale to the elevations, while the south facing terrace also provides access to the riverside walk area. When complete, the site will link back to Duke Street, the river and the existing major east west pedestrian and cycle route.The project will contribute significantly to the regeneration of Duke Street, which is an important north-south link into and out of the city, as well as a key riverside site.

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Project Info

Project:
New build student residential

Disciplines:
Architecture
Landscape
Interiors
Planning (Lanpro)
Archaeology (Lanpro)
Heritage (Lanpro)