THE STAMFORD ARMS
This project will see the restoration and conversion of the derelict existing pub buildings into contemprary dwellings, and the construction of four new homes on the former car park area.
THE STAMFORD ARMS LITTLE BOLLINGTON
The Stamford Arms Pub, formerly known as Home, has been vacant since 2012, with the locally significant turn of the century mock-Tudor Edwardian style buildings falling into a state of disrepair in the intervening years.
Since purchasing the site in Autumn 2019, Novo and their design team, led by Project 3 Architects have worked hard to integrate themselves into the local community in order to deliver proposals that have become widely supported amongst residents. The scheme proposes 18 dwellings across the site, achieved through the restoration and conversion of the existing pub buildings into 9 apartments and 5 mews-style houses, and the construction of 4 new homes on the former car park area.
Affordability is at the heart of this redevelopment, with the 9 apartments in the restored main pub building being offered for shared ownership, making them the centrepiece of this exciting site.
There are three existing empty buildings located on the site. The former Stamford Arms public house and associated stable blocks. The former public house is a substantial building built at the turn of the century in a mock-Tudor Edwardian style.
The buildings do not necessarily reflect the local vernacular, but a typical Edwardian red brick base with mock Tudor cladding located above, the roof is clad in red clay tiles. The public house has suffered from insensitive additions added both internally and externally over several years, that are detrimental to the original architecture. The building has been vacant since 2012 and has suffered from both vandalism and water ingress resulting in its current poor condition.
The public house has an illuminated car park with approximately 50 spaces, which is in very poor condition, overgrown with poor quality trees and moss. The boundary has become overgrown with tree species not commonly found in the area, it is unkept and becoming an eyesore.
Despite the dilapidated condition of the existing buildings, and the extensive work required to restore them, at no point in the design process has the team considered their demolition. They form a key built asset to the village of Little Bollington and hold a significant presence on Lymm Road. The public house having been extended over time offers opportunity to convert easily to a residential use. The proposals aim to demolish the unsightly additions and extend utilising the same footprint and volume. The stable blocks will readily convert into town houses working within the existing structure and adhering to the external fenestration. The remaining site offers the opportunity to create new build homes. These individually designed bespoke homes are modern in aesthetics, layout and daylighting. The language and materials are proposed to be synergistic to the public house and local vernacular.
The site offers opportunities to provide new affordable homes to residents and new modern family homes to bolster the residential community of Little Bollington all set in new landscaped grounds.
The proposals include the conversion and adaption of the existing buildings into apartments and town houses with associated amenity space and parking along with new build bespoke family homes including parking set in new landscaped grounds.
9 affordable apartments ranging from 1 bed to 3 bed are proposed in the conversion of the public house. The stable blocks are to be converted into 5 town houses each over two floors and 4 new build bespoke family homes are proposed on the redundant car park.
The proposal has evolved from detailed site analysis, a detailed understanding of the Little Bollington Design Guide and several public engagement events.
THE MAIN BUILDING
The proposals aim is to strip the redundant public house of all the ill-conceived, poorly designed extensions, that have been added over several years, completely refurbishing the original building and restoring it back to its original condition. The internal conversion works will respond and respect the existing fabric, working with the building rather than against it.
The new extension to the public house is to be clad in charred timber cladding with vertical charred timber planks in a variety of spacings. The use of this visually striking material aims to provide a distinct link to the mock Tudor cladding found on both the stables and the public house without appearing pastiche. The level of the flat roof picks up on the horizontal datum found on the public house in the shift from red brick to white render. The roof is to be planted with a wildflower green roof system to reduce the visual impact of the extension and aid biodiversity on the site.
The conversion of the stable block aims to work with the existing building fabric, respecting the architectural language. Where possible the proposal aims to expose existing timber features and integrate them into the new townhouses. The existing external fenestration has been retained and informs the conversion.
Where new additions are added, such as the two differing sized dormers these will be clad in the charred timber cladding, providing a visual link to the mock Tudor cladding and the new extension. Employing a controlled palette of materials assists in generating a site wide architectural dialogue aiming to create a quality sense of place.
NEW-BUILD FAMILY HOUSES
The four bespoke homes are designed to respond to the existing buildings on the site and the need for them to appear distinct yet reinforcing the local character. The Little Bollington Design Guide offers design guidance on new developments and we have endeavoured to adherer to the principles laid out in the document. The new homes are no higher than two stories in height and have roof forms that make use of gables allowing the use of roof space. Flat roofs are employed, but to act as a visual break in the architecture to allow the mass of the buildings to be reduced visually.
The principle material employed in the design of the new houses is red brick in a traditional bond with solider courses as decorative markers, delineating the shift from ground floor to first floor and capping walls. The use of a local brick in a traditional bond is a key principle laid out in the design guide.