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Sheridan Apartments, Douglas, Isle of Man.

Status: Construction Phase Complete 2010

The sensitive refurbishment of an existing registered building, with careful incorporation of contemporary extension ‘arms’, which ‘wrap’ around the existing registered building’s front and end facades, while respecting the context, fabric, and amenity of the surrounding built environment.

This commercial scheme consists of the redevelopment of the former O’Kells Falcon Brewery in Douglas, to form 11 apartments and 1 townhouse located in either: the refurbished existing building; or in two new-build extension ‘arms’; as well as secure car parking provision for 24 vehicles located at ground floor level with direct access / egress onto the adjacent highway. The existing building consists of a five storey, (including basement), registered building to the front with a mix of 4 and 2 storey industrial / warehouse buildings to the rear.

The new development seeks to improve the condition and integrity of the registered neo-classical building facade, whilst accommodating five apartments and a townhouse. The existing warehouse buildings to the rear are to be demolished and replaced with the two new build extension ‘arms’. These extensions, together with the rear of the existing building, form an external amenity courtyard providing additional natural daylight / ventilation, as well as private balcony spaces to a further six apartments accommodated within these contemporary ‘wrap-around’ extensions. The architectural language employed for these new extension ‘arms’ is conceived as a minimalist and contemporary ‘backcloth’ designed to compliment the registered neo-classical facades of the existing building, and accommodate open plan ‘loft style’ apartments. The extension ‘arms’ are separated from the more traditional apartments located in the registered building by a fully glazed link corridor which provides natural daylight and ventilation to the accommodation at the rear of the registered building. A gymnasium/spa, as well as ancillary storage is provided in the basement of the registered building.