Bondholder Simon Foote Architects have submitted plans for a new student accommodation building on Agard Street, which will feature stepped elevations and plans and green wall covered balconies.
Recognising the emergence of Agard Street as one of the city’s key gateways, a team of local businesses including SF Architects, DLP Consulting (planning) and Locus Consulting (heritage) have pooled their skills to create a unique development that both sensitively responds to the special character of the Friar Gate Conservation Area and the neighbouring historic buildings.
Stepping down from the taller development to the east, the design of the 8 storey building, which falls to six and four storeys, skilfully downscales from its neighbours and ensures that there will be minimal impact on how Derby’s much loved Georgian gateway, Friar Gate, is experienced. Its gridded exterior is inspired by the windows on the Grade I Listed Pickford House museum.
The proposed development responds to the concerns raised by both local council planners and Historic England, with Simon Foote Architects undertaking a wholesale redesign of an earlier scheme.
Simon Foote said, “The result is a signature development for Derby, one that raises the profile of the Agard Street gateway and brings about a much needed regeneration of the city centre.”
With the planning application having been registered, the building will hope to secure approval later in the year, ahead of construction.
The building is the latest proposed residential scheme for Agard St, following others such as a 156-bed student scheme and 77-apartment residential scheme, both of which were submitted late last year. Decisions are expected on those in the coming months.