6-7 Drapery

Location: Northampton
Project type: residential
Conversion of retail building into 14 apartments and one retail unit

The site comprised a Grade II Listed Georgian shop, with a large, brick clad, industrial warehouse behind. We were appointed to convert the entire building into 14 apartments and a smaller retail unit. There were extreme difficulties with the site. Social context, crime, lack of amenity, noise, air quality and constructional issues had halted a previous application, and this had never been pursued. The overriding challenge was to create enough daylight into these apartments due to the proximity of the surrounding buildings. Creating a lightwell on one side of the building provided this, also adding the benefit of courtyards to the ground floor apartments.