Coal Wharf Mews

Wisbech

  • Client: Fenland District Council
  • Project Value: £1.2m
  • Brief: Design concepts for a high quality, sustainably constructed development on the South bank of the River Nene
  • Sustainability Initiatives: Photovoltaics and Roof Gardens; Green Walls.

Some of the most enlightening views of the site are across the River Nene from the historic North Brink, there is something rather charming about the existing untamed copse of mature trees. A reminder of the natural beauty of the Fens, the green tree canopies blending into the shrubbery of river bank verges, the mottled shapes reflected in the dark brown hues of the water. It also provides an incidental transition between the old and the new, a natural green buffer between the Georgian facades to the east and the industrial buildings to the west. This elevated building mass would open vistas across a prominent corner whilst still maintaining a sympathetic presence on the streetscape of the South Brink. Whereas the innovative use of ‘living walls’ help the building mass to blend in with natural verge to the River Nene, as well as sitting comfortably next to the period Georgian Architecture.

The apartment block itself floats around the corner of the site like the canopy of a copse of trees remaining both permeable and yet creating a level of privacy perfect for residential community living The newly created Coal Wharf Mews is designed to be a charming courtyard development, on its North and West sides a selection of dual aspect 1-2 apartments with River views and Garden views and on its Southern curtilage a row of characteristic two bed Mews Houses. At the heart of the scheme the existing Beech, Silver Birch and Cedar trees sit within a landscaped communal garden as reminder of its current state. The properties are designed to be of positive value to the local community, just as suitable as first homes for those starting out on the property ladder to those downsizing in older age. Coal Wharf Mews is intended to be an iconic landmark and a benchmark development for sustainable community living in Wisbech and beyond.

Awards:

Shortlisted: Fenland District Council Design, Acquire & Build Competition 2013