Project Value: £2.3m
Abbott Construction completed the construction of 9 houses and 2 apartments in the heart of Canterbury by the Marlowe Theatre.
The development is arranged in the form of a terrace with each house having a shallow front garden separated from the pavement by a low wall. The front elevation will be traditionally detailed as a Georgian terrace and will be three storeys in height with a parapet and a steeply pitched slate roof.
Individual flights of stone-faced steps, with sweeping period detailed metal handrails, are provided from the pavement to the front doors of Units 1 to 9. The change in ground level means that the height of each flight diminishes towards St Peter’s Street.
The front doors have a fanlight and are surmounted by a simple lead roofed porch supported on brackets. Units 1 to 3 have a porch slightly recessed into the living room.
The front elevation will be constructed in a traditional hand-made multi-red brick laid in a Flemish bond pattern, with purpose made painted timber front doors and multi-paned painted timber double glazed windows, with rubbed brick arches over in a contrasting red brick, and cast iron gutters, hoppers and downpipes.
The design of the rear has a more contemporary feel with double glazed powder coated aluminium windows and a patinated zinc cladding to the second floor.
Each home has the benefit of a 10-year BLP Secure Home Warranty, which is backed by major multi-national insurance provider Allianz. The building has been architecturally designed by award winning architect’s CPD Architecture Ltd.
The properties are traditionally constructed in brick and insulated block, with a beam and block insulated concrete floor to the ground floor of the town houses and to the floors of the apartments, and timber floors to the upper storeys of the town houses. All homes are provided with a fire alarm, security locks to doors and windows and an electrically operated gated entrance with CCTV surveillance. Each home is also fitted with a NACOS approved burglar alarm.
Externally, the properties have a traditional appearance, in keeping with the historic character of St Peter’s Lane designated as part of a Conservation Area, recognised as being of national importance.
Each of the town houses have a small, fully landscaped front garden and a decked patio garden to the rear, with a purpose built garden shed and bin store. Units 1 and 9 have balconies on the first floor and Units 2 to 8 have a Juliet balcony on the first floor and a balcony on the second floor. The apartments (Units 10 and 11) both have balconies, with a shared bin and cycle store on the ground floor.
A footpath will provide a rear pedestrian access to Units 2 to 9.
Abbott Construction were delighted to be Joint winner’s in the New Buildings category for The Canterbury Society for this project.