The objective was to maximise the potential of a site to increase its value; splitting the site into two, allowing half the land to be sold for family housing.
Design Approach | Hybrid Building
We began by completing a thorough site analysis, including research into the local development plan, a site visit and desk-top study. We identified the opportunities for the site and procured a 3D topographical survey which provided an accurate digital model for design development. Sitting between an industrial estate, open space and family housing, the replacement store needs to respect existing and future context.
We wanted to test different programmes and arrangements for the scheme so we set out the strategy and parameters for several options; exploring the design of apartments, a hotel, a care home and family housing above the new store.
After presenting each option, a final vision and concept design was produced for costing and consideration by the board. The final design creates a simple and efficient separation between retail and accommodation, whilst maximising views and density for the development.
Concept design study (RIBA Stages 0-2)
‘A new hybrid building which maximises the potential of a site and maintains the operation of the existing store during construction. The apartments (with rooftop car-park) and new family housing provide a good mix of accommodation for the local area.’
Download: Case Study – P313 – Makro, Reading
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