The outside of the development
Exterior view of Rifle Street
The brownfield development has six commercial retail units and 122 residential units formed by four blocks, arranged around a central quadrangle.
A new electricity substation was provided and a boosted water installation delivers pressurised water to the high-rise blocks. Gas meters for the flats are cleverly integrated into the design, being mounted externally but remaining easily accessible at the end of the corridors on each floor. Pipework runs from the external meter positions within the screed to the individual flats.
Car parking was arranged at ground floor level in the centre of the quadrangle, with a landscaped courtyard above it. By ensuring a minimum free area at the sides of the car park, "assisted natural ventilation" in the form of variable speed impulse fans mounted on the underside of the slab could be used to remove smoke and fumes.
Secured By Design Lighting
Well-designed external lighting was an important part of achieving Secured by Design certification. The detailed arrangements were a delicate balancing act between energy use, convenience and security.
Sustainability measures included rainwater harvesting for courtyard irrigation, low energy lighting and maximum daylight, and other measures to reduce carbon emissions and potable water usage. The entire scheme was looked at as a whole to achieve a truly sustainable end product.
Integrated dry risers and smoke vent systems were provided in line with the fire strategy. Terrestrial and satellite channels were supplied to all units, and there was a full video door entry system.