Re-purposing property is high on the agenda as society begins to change its focus to a better work-life balance, which has significant positive impacts on personal health and wellbeing, along with the societal impact on the wider environment. Whilst the pandemic has accelerated these changes, it is arguably something that has been brewing for some considerable time.

MAA Architects have been working with Access Self Storage at Twickenham to deliver a new multi-purpose scheme on their existing site within the shadows of Twickenham rugby stadium and close to the town centre and mainline train service to London.

The proposed scheme is a high quality mixed-use development which retains the self-storage business on site. This has been achieved by moving the self-storage service below ground and re-purposing the ground floor for co-working space and building a further 3-4 floors to provide PRS residential apartments, including a concierge service.

The MAA proposal is to create a raised podium courtyard by four distinct buildings providing 150-200 units consisting of a mix of accommodation ranging from studios to three bed apartments. The scheme also includes a central landscaped courtyard to improve the ecology and provide a children’s play area. The provision of green roofs to improve energy efficiency and daylight has been a key consideration by MAA throughout the design process.

Using high quality materials primarily of brick and glass, with lightweight accent materials to the entrances and balcony areas, the proposal seeks to introduce a more dynamic active street frontage to further improve the neighbourhood environment.

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