Royal Ordnance Depot, Northampton
SIZE: 22 Acres
Grade 2* Listed
Designs include: the site wide plan, design of new build 60 room hotel and restaurant, 35 new build low energy homes, change of use to office and retail and 84 bed care home with 18 “close care” homes where the elderly or disabled can live independently, and change of use for character workspace for the creative and IT sectors (7,150sqm). Planning and listed building consents have been achieved and built out for offices, curated retail, a visitors centre and accommodation; with ongoing consents being achieved.
Creating commercial value for the future and making the most of the historic assets is achieved through a trully mixed use proposal, covering demography, infrastructure and cultural commerce. A former C19th arms, clothing store and barracks dating back to the Napoleonic era, The Grand Canal was extended through the centre of the site linking the Depot to Birmingham’s munitions factories. The project has been awarded grants from Historic England and HLF.
‘I like Paul Vick architects’ approach. It is integral to the way they have dealt with all our issues – from the strategic down to the small details – and is practical as well as creative. They have listened, explored and understood our needs. And at the same time they have ensured the architecture delivers for the surrounding area now and in the future. They have become the core for the project process making it more efficient for us, helping us manage a complex process.’ Client.
The practice has also recently undertaken a vision for the 5acre sister site, The Magazine Stores where the explosives had been historically kept, and appointed to develop a music venue as the first project.