For City Living Developments Ltd
Albion Wharf is a mixed-use waterfront regeneration scheme comprising 315 studio, one and two bedroom residential apartments, 4,500 square metres of retail and commercial space and a new permanent home for the Red Rose Theatre chain.
Located in Ipswich’s historic wet dock conservation area, the development includes two prominent towers at fifteen and nineteen storeys and a sensitive refurbishment of the original Maltings buildings where many of the original features were retained within modern duplex apartments.
The arrangement of the buildings preserves the grain of the former dock buildings, with their routes through the site and views of the quayside from the adjacent Key Street, a major arterial route into Ipswich.
On site parking for 264 cars is provided by means of a fully automated multi-stacking system, one of the largest installations in the UK. A varied palette of materials and a largely gabled series of elevational treatments to the marina frontage respect the scale of the original dockyard setting.
Market demands necessitated a re-appraisal of accommodation, and emerging proposals were successfully secured at planning including additional storeys to the towers and a substitution of some of the private housing with an 88 room hotel.