- Rooftop Housing Group
- Gloucester City Centre
- 14 units
Carpenter House is a unique building that offers a ground-breaking service integrating housing and support for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities into mainstream housing.
The supported housing scheme provides wheelchair accessible living and ‘move on’ accommodation supporting people with long term mental health problems to live independently and facilitate rehabilitation.
Our architectural design for the 14 apartments was largely driven by the space restrictions on site, requiring the building to be set over four-storeys. In addition, further site constraints such as the immediate proximity of a main arterial road (acoustic upgrade to walls, openings, vents etc required) and the existing River Twyer culvert running underground along the north-east boundary, all required an adaptable layout to take into account these constraints.
In terms of appearance, it was our aim to provide a contemporary, attractive and appropriate scheme reflecting the scale of the surrounding built form, whilst also adhering to the Conservation Area within which the site is located. The main elevation is predominantly dressed in brick slip with different bonding styles and recessed panels to break up the massing and impact of the large building. At a higher level, a step in the elevation is used to reduce the impact of the development and introduce a cladding panel material to lighten the form and add interest.
Mindful of the buildings carbon footprint, our sustainable designers implemented the use of modern methods of construction and renewable energy generation to allow minimal environmental impact.