Leybourne Homes has secured planning permission from Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) in the UK for Friars Square residential development in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
Under the scheme, the existing 26,000ft² building located just off Market Square will be transformed into 50 new apartments.
Out of the 50 apartments, 29 will be one-bedroom and the other 21 are planned to be two-bedroom units, spread across the existing four levels. A new penthouse level will also be added.
Capita Symonds will provide architecture, building services, fire engineering, transport and infrastructure, town planning and urban design services for the project.
As per the scheme, the existing building will be divided into two by the service core to create a vertical wall of glass.
Capita Symonds said the glazing will be a curtain wall system, while the entrance’s visual appeal will be enhanced by covering large fins clad in a metallic sheet material with distressed edges either side of the vertical curtain wall.
The section of building towards Market Square will be covered in a metallic brass shingle tile material and concealed in aluminium horizontal fins.
The north-east elevation overlooks Market Square and will create a visual link to the public square with floor to ceiling full height glazing.
A section of the building away from the Market Square will be given an off-white render finish with metallic ‘oriel’ windows, which will offer views of Market Square and the surrounding townscape.
Capita Symonds said the fifth floor level will be covered in glass to give the appearance that the roof is floating in mid air and the underside of the roof will be clad in a brass metal finish.
Construction work is expected to start on site in February 2013 and complete in September 2014.
Image: As per the scheme, the existing 26,000ft² building will be transformed into 50 new apartments. Photo: Capita Symonds.