New-build development scheme Bracknell: GUNN Associates have submitted plans for a development of 21 apartments across 5 storeys, replacing a vacant office building in London Road, Bracknell.

New-build development scheme Bracknell: The new-build development scheme will replace a vacant office building on Bracknell’s London Road into a five-storey residential building that would house 14 one-bedroom flats and seven two-bedroom flats. The scheme is designed by award-winning Architects GUNN and commissioned by Flamingo Investment Group and involves the demolition of the existing vacant office building known as Continuity House.

The site is located on a busy dual carriageway, London Road, a road already populated with office buildings that have been converted to provide new homes in Bracknell. The building faces the highway and there is a large residential housing estate to the rear of the site.

Challenges facing the GUNN design team included designing a robust but welcoming entrance at the front next to the busy highway, the overlooking of residential gardens to the rear and the overshadowing of residential gardens and adjacent flats. It’s a podium scheme sitting atop a parking area. The whole of the ground floor is taken up with a good amount of parking, lifts, reception, and the residential areas start from the first floor upwards.

The design rationale centred around the multiple contexts of the surrounding area to both the front and rear of the building. It was important to provide a sensitive and interesting appearance from the rear whilst avoiding overbearing and daylight/sunlight issues and a robust appearance to the front to maintain the rhythm of the buildings along the highway. By using a choice of contextual urban and robust materials, an excellent standard of accommodation is created giving the flats a dual aspect where possible, and a private outdoor space for each.

 Professional Team:

Architect:                                         GUNN

Planning Consultant:                       Pegasus Group

Transport:                                         Velocity Transport Planning

Daylight/Sunlight:                            Eight Associates


Planning submission:                      December 2020

Planning Decision Date:                  March/April 2021

Construction Cost:                           £3 million

Gross Internal Saleable Area:          13,000 sq.ft.

Development:                                  21 flats (14no. 1-bed, 7no. 2-bed)

Duncan Gunn, Founder at GUNN said:

“Our design proposal considered the site’s overall context regarding the local area and the neighbouring apartments. The team thoroughly enjoyed the technical challenge of this project and we are looking forward to what has become a very exciting looking building.”

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