Oxford Project

Oxford Street Affordable Housing

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The scheme on Oxford Street, Cardiff is for 116 affordable one and two bed flats. The vision is for affordable city living on a site that meets all the criteria of the Urban Task Force and set out in ‘Towards an Urban Renaissance.’ (DETR 1999)

The scheme involves the reorganisation of a brownfield industrial site into an urbane city block based on the contemporary European model. The scale and massing of the block is carefully woven into the existing context in order to achieve the transition from the Newport Road high rise to the lower scale buildings of Roath.

The block is planned to be inward looking to a private, safe and secure landscaped square with buildings to back of lane and street on the east and west boundaries. At the northern and southern edges the scheme is buffered by ‘pocket piazzas’. The street and lane are animated by a dynamic facade within a strictly regulated composition to give scale and vitality to the public realm.

Flats are clustered around 6 cores with majority of bedrooms facing street or lane side and living rooms onto landscaped square, with the two zones separated by a wet service core. The rationality of the plan lends itself to the use of Modern Methods of Construction and particularly the use of prefabricated concrete panels.
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Bute Building
King Edward VII Ave
Tel: 02920 874430
Email: dru@cf.ac.uk
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