Bold Lane, Derby
A planning application has been submitted for a new £6.3m grade A office building with a commercial café at 6 Bold Lane in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter conservation area. The building is being developed by Jensco Group for Derby City Council and will provide 3,100 sqm Net area of commercial office units. Additional spaces include a shared entrance/reception and coffee area, cleaner’s storage, WC and showers and bike/bin storage. Set over over 4 floors, the building has the ability to easily sublet to multiple tenants. Sustainability is a key element of the design and the building will achieve BREEAM Excellent and have an EPC A certificate.
The form and arrangement of the building design creates an active frontage, with the simple and linear mass continuing the radial grain of Sadler Gate and Iron Gate. Arranged between two slender solids the entrance space acts as a pivot point and responds to the street scape. The massing of the scheme has been directly derived from the historical context of the Cathedral Quarter.
The building continues the prevalent language of exposed brick combined with large punched openings to all elevations, providing an abundance of natural light into the workspace.
Recessed window reveals are give depth and relief to the brickwork of the building fabric. Extruded window frames provide shading and punctuate the elevations. The building adopts a stretcher bond brick pattern with localised panels of Flemish bond with recessed headers which break the brickwork uniformity.
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