This development comprises two buildings - C1 at 21 storeys and C2 at 51 storeys - sitting atop a podium. Together, they provide 664 residential units in a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, townhouses, duplexes and triplexes. Residents’ swimming pool, gym and communal garden are located in C2 at Level 44, and C1 also provides a residents communal garden at Level 16. At ground level, further residential amenities are sited along the podium at street level and C2 includes commercial space.
The elevations of the lower podium building each respond to orientation and the former Bridgewater Canal Offices in both scale and materiality. Brick provides a robust elevational treatment and appearance. The weathered, textured beige/buff brick constraints and complements the surrounding historic warehouse buildings and former Canal offices. The northwest elevation fronting Chester Road is much more open, providing active frontage along the well trafficked route. The northeast elevation has a tighter grain as it deals with the necessary servicing requirements of the development.
Each tower elevation acknowledges key approaches into the city. The more formal gridded elevation on C2 to the south west acknowledges the southern city gateway, while the primary elevation of the lower building C1 addresses Chester Road. A tartan grid on the primary elevations offers a subtle layering and arrangement of materiality types and finishes. Glazed, back painted and purge vent panels create a repeating pattern.