6 Victoria Place

6 Victoria Place,

This project for Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA) gained full planning approval in spring 2024 after a lengthy process of design and negotiation. Once completed it will provide 18 one bed affordable apartments, including 2 for disabled wheelchair users.

The site has created many challenges for the design team with its compact size, numerous constraints, and the need to maximise the number of apartments to create a viable proposition with the greatest social benefit.

6 Victoria Place Plymouth BCHA Bournemouth Churches Housing Association

The existing site houses a remnant of an historic mill complex, and whilst not listed is a building of note within the Conservation Area. Unfortunately, it has lain unused for many years and is now in too poor a state to be economically viable to retain and reuse.

The design has required careful consideration to minimise unnecessary circulation space whilst providing the best outlook and environment possible for its residents. Externally, the main façade onto Millay Rd has been composed with repeated vertical bays that reference the fenestration pattern of the existing historic terrace to the west of the site.

6 Victoria Place Plymouth BCHA Bournemouth Churches Housing Association
6 Victoria Place BCHA Plymouth

The proposed building has carefully considered Plymouth’s Climate Emergency Planning Policy within the pre-construction and planning stages of the project.

The finished scheme will feature air source heat pump technology, providing heating and domestic hot water, roof-mounted solar PV panels, and the reuse of existing stonework within the new facades. A rooftop terrace will provide much needed resident amenity space in this dense, inner city, location. Construction is programmed to commence on site in 2024.

6 Victoria Place BCHA Plymouth

“With hundreds of people requiring affordable one bedroom accommodation in Plymouth, this project could not be more important. On a complex brownfield site with build costs rising exponentially, it also could not be more challenging. Despite this, ADG have expertly guided BCHA towards obtaining planning permission at 6 Victoria Place. They have developed a scheme displaying high-quality contemporary design and environmental sustainability. This has been achieved alongside protecting financial viability and utilising materials that respect the surrounding conservation area. ADG’s services display real value for money and their staff contribute great insight and commitment to projects designed to reduce homelessness.”

Benjamin Stein
Development & Acquisitions Manager, BCHA

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