AR Urbanism, with Cookson & Trickner Landscape Design and Landolt Brown architects, was shortlisted in a competitive masterplan project for a prominent riverfront site close to the city centre in Hull, England.
The project forms part of the Living with Water programme, which explores new models of housing within areas of flood risk while promoting a more positive engagement with water within urban design. The shortlisted design created a new ‘creek‘ and a ‘sponge effect’ on the two sites to accommodate and celebrate rainwater. Flood resistance is designed into the plans of town houses and places of safety are incorporated into high-quality communal gardens for apartment blocks and commercial users. An improved public realm focuses on intense greening around water experience to enhance biodiversity and bring ecological benefits.
New workspaces and a café along the water’s edge integrate with adjacent office uses while creating a new place for workers. The scale and form of residential typologies step down from the town centre to meeting adjacent local housing, providing a range of typologies with lower parking ratios to maximise flexibility and promote more sustainable travel patterns.
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