Wetherby, West Yorkshire
A development of 13 private riverside apartments in a popular West Yorkshire market town overlooking the picturesque River Wharfe and surrounding countryside.
The building runs with the grain of Boston Road and curves at the northern end to 'address' the river frontage and a respectful connection with the 13th century Grade II listed bridge. The design seeks to provide a form that reflects the flow of the development along Boston Road, through a turning at its northern end both in the building and the retaining wall to acknowledge the river frontage and the approach to the scheduled ancient monument of Wetherby Bridge.
The use of a coursed rusticated stone base and a general use of coursed magnesium limestone walls reinforce this concept, whilst relatively small windows cut into that walling together with the use of slate roofing to respect the character of the Conservation Area. The further use of projecting timber balcony gables to the building allude to traditional riverside mills and warehouses typical of the River Wharfe heritage.