The Greater Brislington Neighbourhood Partnership kindly hosted a brief early-stage presentation of Sovereign's outline proposals for the Bath Road scheme at their meeting on Monday evening.
This initial discussion was held in advance of the Pre-Application meeting with the Council, and provided an opportunity for local residents to see the Teams' early thinking for the site. Below are the initial ideas shared at the meeting.
The red line denotes the scale, site boundary and places the site in context with the adjoining buildings. It shows that the site extends from the front of the buildings on Bath Road all the way back to Tramway road where the nursing home and Go Outdoors are.
These drawings show how the design aims to create as much public landscape area as possible providing a high quality space for people to live in. Most of the parking is underground or in under crofts, but some will be visible.
This modelling allows the team to start considering how the buildings might look. This is an aerial view from Bath road/Arnos Park. The building at the front is set on the same line as the existing building. It's designed with the distinctive roofs and seamed cladding panels to hark back to the industrial heritage. This building steps up at the southern-end, where both the topography and the size of the adjacent houses also steps up. There are two smaller blocks of domestic scale houses & flats to the rear left of the site. The rear block to the right hand side is angled to benefit from the views over the city whilst aiming not to obstruct views from the existing flats.
This diagram explores the vehicular and pedestrian accesses. Some thoughts is being given to blocking off the existing Bath Road access (save for service vehicles), and only using the rear access from Tramway Road. This seemed sensible as the existing Bath Road entrance is not ideal in terms of visibility splays etc.
Pedestrian accesses across the site - there are a few options for pedestrian access from Bath Road - either side of the existing building replacement. A further consideration is whether it would be beneficial to re-open the former accesses through the brick boundary wall onto Belmont Road. This would be for pedestrians only. From time spent on site by various members of the team it seems that the footpath to Rownham Close is quite well used, consideration could be given to a new access here that might benefit adjacent residents as well as occupiers of the development, in that it would give much safer and quicker access onto Sandy Park Road. These are just ideas for discussion and none of these have been progressed very far at this stage, so residents thoughts would be welcomed on whether this would be seen as a benefit to the area or not.
The Brick Boundary Wall - this is the wall to the North - so facing Belmont Road. There is some thought being given to opening the old blocked-in doorways shown in the middle of the top photograph above. A draft structural report has been undertaken which has suggested a few minor repairs in places. Questions raised include: Should the wall be kept at the height it is, as it could be considered more stable if lowered. Mindful that residents may see this as a piece of history, or as a good privacy barrier for their gardens - comments are welcomed on what local residents would like to see happen to this wall.
This PDF contains all of the materials presented at the GBNP meeting compressed for easy download.