Shore Road, Jordanstown - Northern Ireland
We were appointed by our developer client to prepare a scheme of 19 No. 2 bedroom apartments, together with associated parking and connections to services
The site slopes steeply from a plateau at the northern end which was occupied by the former dwelling down to the Shore Road, allowing for extensive views across Belfast Lough to northern County Down beyond. There are existing hedges of varying quality along the northern and western boundaries and the boundary with Woodgrange is delineated by a brick wall, grass bank, and timber fence.
The existing dwelling on the site is a dormer bungalow and could be described as one of the more modest properties in the area. Existing mature trees line the western and southern boundaries, the majority of which we propose to retain.
The elevated coastal location and the sloping, curving site are the key factors behind the design concept of this development. We felt from the outset that it was important that every apartment on the site should be able to avail of the extensive sea views. This is achieved by providing a stepped or ‘sawtooth’ plan following the curve of Woodgrange which breaks the development down into a series of smaller blocks and gives each block a southeasterly sea view. This stepped plan echoes the stepped development of the adjacent Chestnut Hill.
The sloping site gives us the potential to exploit the levels and provide basement parking, removing vehicles from the site surface and allowing for greater usable open space for the benefit of the residents and giving greater visual amenity. The strip of land along the edge of Woodgrange being brought into the site was also important as it allows us to reduce the levels along the roadside so that the apartments can be accessed individually by foot giving the opportunity to provide ‘front doors’.
The proposed development has been carefully massed and proportioned so that it takes the form of a Georgian terrace of houses stepping along the site allowing it to sit comfortably in its surroundings. The top floor is hidden within the mansard type roof structure with dormer windows which reduces the overall mass and height of the development. The elevations of the buildings have been treated in such a manner so as to create visual interest and avoid monotony, with projecting elements, balconies and contrasting finishes contributing to a play of light, shadow, and colour across the façades. Materials have been chosen to reflect local context. The main finishes will be a selected red brick combined with white and coloured render to give the buildings mass and to emphasise shadows, together with a dark grey slate/tile roof finish.