The development allows for a mix of retail (including a 4,200m2 of food store), 40 residential units and a new 4-storey community mosque. This will replace the existing Royal Mail sorting office that currently occupies the city centre site. Lewis & Hickey’s proposals to develop this site will enhance the sense of place by completing the streetscape and introducing activity and visual interest.
The food store is set on stilts, which has allowed us to maximise the car parking with 240 spaces running under the store. A dramatic glass entrance hall runs along the primary street frontage and will contain travelators up to the trading floor. A mix of brick, porcelain tile and steel cladding give the food store a distinct contemporary look while still reflecting the character of the immediate context. A new first floor café overlooks the street and creates a clearly recognisable focal point to the store and provides a backdrop for the stores branding. The store is designed to achieve the briefs rating of Breeam Excellent.
A 40-unit residential scheme bridges the gap between the existing residential properties to the west of the site and the new food store. An existing on-site community centre has been increased in size to suit the requirements of the end-users and completes the development.