The Madelvic project forms part of a larger masterplanned regeneration area and consists of two components – the renovation of the Madelvic car factory (historically the first UK car plant) and a new spine building addressing Waterfront Avenue. The car factory is to be converted into work/live units and the new building will consist of flats over commercial units.
The architectural treatment of the spine building provides a strong street presence and clear identity to its occupiers. Access to the housing is retained to the rear of the site adjacent to the parking with stair towers and access galleries arranged to minimise the number of flats entered at each level and designed to encourage a safe, private and pleasant environment. The overall scale of the southerly aspect of the spine building is broken-up with the formation of these galleries and stair towers and the use of a softer/warmer palette of materials such as timber. All flats have been orientated with a dual north/south aspect and main access from the galleries to the south to maximise on heat gain.
This mixed-use development includes affordable housing and ensures a variety of occupants within the development, which encourages a strong neighbourhood environment. The flats have also been designed to allow flexibility of use to ensure a mixture of residential types. The work/live units again offer considerable flexibility of either large family homes or the option of working from home within defined studio spaces.