Blows Yard is the final building of the decade-long incremental and sensitive masterplan of Winchester Square by Cullinan Studio.
The main elevation along Stoney Street to the west continues the rhythm and materiality of the previously completed projects; Pontifex Wharf (2014) and Evans Granary (2009). Angled, perforated brick reveals modulate the facade whilst concealing service penetrations. Thick masonry walls frame windows and inset balconies. Metal balustrades continue the style of and define the junction with adjacent buildings. Ground level railings provide visual interest whilst concealing a deliveries entrance.
To the south, the brick elevation steps down turning the corner to accommodate a terrace to a duplex apartment; a set-back volume expressed in zinc metal cladding. Green glazed curtain walling fins pick up on the colour and texture of the surrounding market. To the east, full-height windows direct views of Winchester Square.
The apartments are designed to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Subsequent features include high acoustic performance, efficient water use and generous outdoor planting.
The building sits above a restaurant back-of-house and substation at ground level. As such, the careful planning of building works was essential - including well-considered integration of services both from existing buildings and the new development.