We were shortlisted amongst five practices in a competition for a residential-led masterplan. The 3.2 hectare site sits at the south-west of the city centre and faces the River Humber. The brief asked for a strategy that delivers a range of housing types, quality public spaces and addresses high flood risk
In the masterplan we have celebrated the life-enhancing qualities of living close to the water’s edge by drawing on Hull’s architectural traditions while practically addressing the risks to achieve resilience. Our design creates a rich and diverse range of urban spaces within a simple framework that is intricately stitched into the existing city. A parade of apartment buildings is arrayed towards the Humber. These are positioned perpendicular to the water allowing natural light and river views to penetrate the site and creating a series of pocket parks. The buildings draw on the tradition of dockside warehouses in scale, massing and material character. To the east a new public building faces a proposed civic square. To the north new townhouses comfortably address the domestic scale of the surroundings.
A number of water management measures are incorporated in the landscape design. Central to these is an approach of ‘living with water’ as opposed to simply keeping it out. Soft landscaped areas are designed as flood zones with raised roads and pathways maintaining access to buildings.