Dalton Square Planning Permission Received
Planning Permission has been granted by Lancaster City Council for an exciting development containing 33 new studio apartments in the heart of Lancaster City Centre, on the site of a former cinema and nightclub. Although the Planning Application is for Student Housing; the building has also been designed as an Aparthotel.
The housing design retains the section of the existing building which faces the historic Dalton Square, but proposes the redevelopment of the former cinema auditorium at the rear of the building, which is accessed from Mary Street. Importantly, the height of the new housing design has been planned to prevent it from being seen from the centre of Dalton Square.
The modern housing design contains an interesting stepped four-storey elevation which frames views to Mary Street, or towards the Ashton Memorial from the upper floors. The building has been designed to meet sustainable levels above and beyond the existing Building Regulations and includes high-levels of insulation, Air-Source Heat Pumps and Photo-Voltaic Cells.
Andrew Walters, Project Architect from HPA Chartered Architects said “We are delighted that Lancaster City Council have agreed to allow the regeneration of this key City Centre Site with an exciting, contemporary energy-efficient building which respects the sensitive historic setting of Dalton Square”.
HPA Director, Richard Wooldridge commented: “HPA Chartered Architects are proud to have designed a new building for such an important site within Lancaster. Our client wanted a contemporary design which would compliment the area, and bring vibrancy to Mary Street. HPA’s local knowledge, in-house design, planning and heritage expertise; combined with a good working relationship with the Local Planning Authority have helped to deliver a really exciting scheme which will improve a forgotten part of the historic City Centre”