Modern student accommodation to transform derelict eyesore

Location: Street on the edge of Wrexham town centre, near the shopping centre Site: A 2.5-hectare site with two buildings, a former nightclub and a motor retail parts and accessories business The brief: Design a new build modern 21st century student accommodation complex to replace the existing run down dilapidated buildings that currently sit on the site. The opportunity: The nightclub building, formerly known as Scott’s, has fallen into a state of disrepair and along with its neighbours, offers little to the street scene. It has become an eyesore to many. The nightclub building also contains dangerous asbestos. The sooner planning can be achieved to replace the existing buildings and bring the full site back into economic use, the better. Here is an opportunity to stitch back together this peripheral locality of Wrexham town centre with a robust and strong piece of urban design. The proposal: Demolition of the existing structures, site clearance, and the construction of a new, modern student accommodation scheme. It comprises two blocks of three-storey student apartments, providing a total of 21 cluster-type flats to give a total of 107 bed spaces. It is built over an undercroft parking area with a total of 54 spaces. The redesigned site also includes outdoor spaces, with open courtyards providing sheltered, sunny outdoor places and improved visual appeal from inside the building. In terms of materials, we have utilised a blend of more contemporary materials of crisp white render, quartz zinc and random coloured powder coated metal panels. Benefits: The new design seeks to rejuvenate this part of Wrexham with a contemporary yet functional urban gateway site. It...

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