In response to the particularities of the brief and site, a series of interconnected blocks were conceived, with each one responding to the adjacent conditions in scale, height and position. This sequence of blocks, (ranging from four storeys at its lowest point, to ten storeys at its highest), is finished in a brick skin which modulates in tone and texture as the blocks increase in height, as well as mediating between the varying mass and topography of the surrounding cityscape.
By looking at the variety of building forms, styles and materials which make up the conservation areas surrounding the site, we have created a scheme which subtly reflects this rich context.
The vast majority of homes have a dual aspect with views across the neighbourhood, and the city beyond.
Belle Vue is a dense quartet of buildings, arranged to create a sequence of courtyards, gardens and terraces. This staggered plan delineates between the public facing and communal amenities, drawing the public in whilst also ensuring adequate security for residents. Deep inset corner balconies serve to break down the mass and allow for increased privacy.