Plans to redevelop the former Dairy Crest site on Harper Road have been resubmitted for planning approval following a radical redesign.

The Dairy Crest development, which will be up to six storeys in height, will accommodate up to 200 students.

The design was changed because of concerns that the original choice of materials were not suitable for the surrounding area, and that the rendered elements would discolour over time.

From the Design & Access Statement:

The proposal reflects the industrial heritage of the site in its material palette, with facing brickwork proposed for the bottom storeys and bronze metal cladding for the top storeys. The varying angles of the roofs reflect an industrial aesthetic with bronze metallic cladding and roofing. The wrap-around roof/wall finish also maintains the industrial feel. The advantage of metal cladding is that it maintains it’s initial appearance for longer, and is less prone to discolour, as opposed to a rendered finish, (which was part of the previous scheme). The ground and first floors have been given a red blended mix brick finish to give a connection to the houses on Harper Road, and is a complementary material to the bronze metallic cladding. The roofs on the five storey blocks on both sides of the courtyard are covered in a green sedum roof, to help with surface water run-off.

Original Design

Original Design

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