Chapel is situated in St. Marys, Southampton on a brownfield site which was formerly a lorry depot. The area is part of a regeneration plan run by Southampton City Council.
The Chapel scheme consists of three blocks, comprising both apartments and townhouses, all with private courtyards, and an underground car park is situated beneath one of the blocks. The blocks have a contemporary design, featuring brick, grey steel cladding, recycled wood cladding and white render. Buffer zones are created between the frontage of the development and the street by patios, small gardens and bin storage areas. The streets between the blocks have on-street parking and are well lit, with high quality landscaped gardens and wide pavements with public seating. Blocks contain a mix of affordable (37%) and private units.
Every unit has an outside space, whether a balcony or a garden, orientated to maximise access to sunlight. Heavy insulation and standing seam aluminium roofing help retain heat to keep heating bills low.
The development is well located for public transport, with bus stops 50m from the development. There are 174 covered bicycle stores and an additional 38 visitor cycle lock-stands across the site to encourage the use of sustainable transport. Local shops are only a five minute walk away.
In block A1, lighting for interior communal areas is powered by solar photovoltaic panels situated on the building (part funded by the South East England Development Agency).
Awards and Achievements
Chetwood Associates created the block design at Chapel to respond to the need to create a secure, high-density development, with safe internal and external spaces.
The development achieved a ‘Very Good’ EcoHomes rating and was also awarded the Building for Life Gold Standard.