The development ranges from two to six storeys in height, with the highest blocks located at the corners. The design reinforces the existing streetscape by forming a perimeter block, which also allows for a central courtyard, providing amenity space for residents. Central flanks, located between the corner blocks have ‘sky gardens’ at roof level and are set back from the taller elements.
The design philosophy was to create a welcome, secure and human feel by using strong, simple forms, incidental uses of large openings, planters and glass. Brick was chosen as the predominant material because of its warmth and domestic associations.
The site is constrained, with high levels of urban activity on all frontages. As such, AHR carefully detailed boundaries and thresholds. At ground level, robust planters and garden walls constructed using ‘hit and miss’ brickwork protect private terraces.
The Spine set to take shape in Liverpool