St Mary’s Works is the proposed redevelopment of a substantial site in central Norwich, currently occupied by a former shoe factory and flanked by Medieval churches. The intention is to re-develop the site for residential usage, encompassing a variety of different forms, from town houses to apartment blocks. A 126 key hotel is proposed for the northeastern corner of site. The existing facades to the shoe factory are to be retained on the western and southern sides of the site, and there is an aspiration to capture something of the factory/warehouse aesthetic in the proposed live-work spaces on this side of the development. The team is committed to providing a number of affordable units and to creating an environment in which a diverse range of working people would wish to co-exist.
The Developer has been keen to explore the possibility of using modular forms of construction. This has led Engenuiti to explore modular, panelised and traditional build options with a view to identifying how to achieve best value and best quality within the constraints of the existing site. The hotel, which will have a basement, lends itself to a more traditional form of construction, probably an in situ concrete frame with flat slabs. This approach gives flexibility to incorporate larger open span spaces at basement and ground floor level, and to use transfer structures to then support a more standardised hotel grid layout above.
The site wide civil engineering response has included the evaluation of appropriate SuDS measures for adoption on the site, with the intention to incorporate a combination of attenuation tanks, brown/green roofs and possibly rainwater harvesting into the proposed developmen