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St Denys Court

The St Denys Court scheme comprises 20 apartments ranging from modestly-sized studios at ground floor level, up to three-bedroom luxury penthouses with a mix of one and two bedroom apartments. Parking provision is a modest 50% with 10 car spaces. The historical importance and character of Walmgate, close to the city walls and within a conservation area, meant that the architectural treatment needed very careful consideration. The new four storey building is contemporary in its architectural style and use of materials whilst also respecting the proportion, materials and scale of surrounding buildings. The use of brickwork, striking powder-blue render and cedar cladding give complexity and interest. The eaves line is varied and interrupted by a series of oriel windows projecting out over the pavement, whilst the recessed ground floor both reflects adjacent shop units and gives privacy to the apartments within. The projecting profile and timber frame construction of the oriel windows is a subtle reference to the medieval jettied construction found elsewhere in York. Internally they create light and airy living spaces. The entrance is from the courtyard, giving safe access into a shared stair and lift lobby. The quality of this space is enhanced by the introduction of a blue polished plaster portal feature. The incorporation of the adjacent No.39 Walmgate was a special challenge due to its fragility which resulted in the internal introduction of a complete new structural box.

Project Type Private Housing
Client Evans Homes Ltd.
Location Walmgate, York
Value £1.3m
Status Completed