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A former village police station site was redeveloped with a range of nine apartments, external landscaping and car park.
On the edge of Quorn’s conservation area, The Courtyard was designed to sit comfortably in the street scene, with the appearance of a row of town houses, but internally providing an interesting mix of apartments.
The design sought to cater for the demands of professional local people and down-sizing village residents looking for spacious, high quality accommodation with low running costs.
The site has existing residential properties on all sides and the developer and architects went to great lengths during the design and planning application phases to deal with the concerns of neighbours.
The scheme contains a variety of apartment properties, including single and two-bedroom units with private external spaces to the ground floor, two bedroom apartments with balconies and double-height spaces to the first floor, and a three-bedroom penthouse on the top floor.
The external appearance uses simple traditional forms and details and a limited palette of materials; natural slate for the roof, conservation roof lights, red clay facing bricks, timber-framed windows and canopy porches and single point brick arches.
By positioning the upper floor entrance doors behind a recessed ‘entry access’ the appearance of a row of houses was maintained.
Architects LE1 Ltd
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