Park Circus ‘missing link’ takes shape
April 2 2020
Holmes Miller Architects have unveiled the ‘missing link’ in Charles Wilson’s Park Circus urban set piece with the completion of an outer concentric ring of apartments.
Park Quadrant has been dubbed as the final piece in the jigsaw for the area and delivers 98 apartments following a ‘kit of parts’ that follow visual design rules established by its neighbour.
This saw the team juggle plot width, apartment area, plan depth, ceiling heights, orientation and aspect to arrive at an optimum arrangement of accommodation which maximise value.
In a blog post detailing their work Holmes Miller Architects wrote: “A project of this level of importance, within one of the key conservation areas within the city, brings with it a myriad of exciting challenges, along with intense scrutiny, debate, resistance and of course differences of opinion.
“The approach to the elevation treatment was to respect, but not copy the existing buildings.”
A requirement for off-street parking proved to be particularly challenging, resolved through manipulation of the hilltop topography to sink parking bays below a communal landscaped garden which runs the full length of the site.
Full completion is expected to take place later in the year.
600mm of wrinkly, cr4p zinc...zero finesse or skill.
They are only showing you small, well chosen parts of the development as the build quality has been so poor.
Design: OK at best
Quality: errr nope
This is not a development that will stand the test of time
This so-called 'missing link' was developed as a communal pleasure garden in the late 1800s. It was purchased by GCC via CPO in 1981 and closed to the public. So let's all stop swallowing the marketing bumf that describes this as the glorious completion of an unfinished masterpiece. And the fact that there is a big park nearby doesn't negate the fact that wildlife is undergoing catastrophic decline due to, that's right, habitat loss. But hey, 100+ year old lime trees don't make the rich richer.
Anyway, looks good just now and I am sure some rather well off people will be happy to throw money at it!
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