Jonathan Hendry Architects
City of Lincoln Council
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The result presents itself as a terrace of six distinct buildings forming the north side of courtyard with a seventh to the south making a gated access from Grantham Street. The terrace begins at its western end with a restored 2-storey house, followed by the rebuilt listed house which now has its roof set back and a glazed south-facing wall hidden behind the parapet onto a 9.5m wide terrace with views over Lincoln. Steps in building line and changes to facing material from Georgian style bricks laid with lime mortar to cedar cladding mean the next four elements housing shallow plan apartments present themselves as distinct townhouses or warehouses.
The terrace is linked by the repetitive use of an upright rectangular window which is Georgian in proportion. These light up the apartment plans but also let in views, so the architect has also updated the Georgian shutter as a white-painted MDF folding screen. This device means residents can shut out light and noise without the window rhythm being lost to a tutti-frutti of curtains and blinds.
This window pattern is more rigorous on the facing elevation of the Grantham Street block where reveals are chamfered for sideways views to nearby green space and early morning light. The Grantham Street block has a commercial space opening onto gorgeous York stone flags. Among the scheme’s delights are such gracious shared parts, both inside and out, including the archway access. Apartments are generously finished with oak floors and bespoke joinery, while flats on top floors have double height spaces lit by roof lights.
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