WORKING with A client on blackheath car park
A client appointed Mark Doodes Planning to assess, design and tender for a car park opposite the train station in Blackheath. The car park is located just off the high street with close proximity to independent and high street retailers, cafes and pubs.
The site currently provides approximately 163 marked parking bays, in addition to an attendent's cabin. The project seeks to add residential houses to the site and has proposed two different options. Option A is a balanced ratio mix of low density family homes and and flats, while Option B features medium density flats with shared amenity space.
The aspiration towards the scheme in terms of architectural language is to transpire a respectful approach by introducing traditional materiality, with contemporary interpretations, especially given that the proposed site sits in a conservation area. The colour and texture palette would reflect a modest but sleek articulation to ensue a high quality residential
development which does not alienate itself from the surrounding fabric.
The open spaces of the precedent developments are also carefully considered where softscape elements and landscaping will become a predominant feature in order to achieve a sense of inviting-ness to encourage residents to utilise these open spaces, such as the shared amenity space and the backyards for the terraced family homes. This approach takes care of the residents’ well-being while improving the biodiversity of the proposed site, delivering a holistic resolution to the fabric of the site.