The development incorporates high-quality durable materials such as local red stock brick, aluminium, and high performance triple glazing, along with other key sustainability benefits which improve energy performance.
The materials across the facade will reflect the local context and enhance it through its contemporary architectural detailing and elevation material treatments. The street and public realm will be significantly improved with the building line pushed back, combined with new landscaping along Local Board and Lower High Street which will enhance biodiversity and wildlife.
Lower High Street in Watford is a residential scheme of 36 high-quality apartments commissioned by a private client with a value of £9m. We worked with consultants Smith Jenkins and Westlakes Engineering and are currently awaiting planning approval.
We had a target of 30 units on a tight site surrounded by listed buildings of varying levels of scale in an historic area of Watford.
The apartments range from 1 to 3 bedrooms with car and cycle parking, and generous private and shared amenity spaces. The proposed building replaces a vacant 3 storey office building and provides much needed residential housing.
Our solutions included splitting the blocks to the front and rear and stepping back levels as well as an efficient building design with a single circulation core.