The conversion of the grade II listed Anlaby House into apartments and the development of 17 houses within the grounds has created a unique development in this Hull suburb. The conceptual ideas put to the client, local authority and English heritage was welcomed and full planning permission granted within 3 months of the project coming into the office.
The garden and original house, a grade 2 listed site was a faded and neglected remnant of its 18th century splendour. The site when purchased had planning permission for a series of mews style houses in the grounds and the conversion of the main house to nine apartments.
SALT were asked to reassess the proposed scheme for its appropriateness and number of units on the site. In analysis of the whole site plan, we felt that the proposals had no reference to the historic setting. Through research, we developed a concept for the whole site.
The individual houses developed the Georgian concept further, exploring natural light internally centred around generous hallways and stairwells. They present a sober restrained frontage onto the square, opening up internally to provide contemporary living spaces spilling out onto the rear garden spaces.
Within the main house we were able to increase the original provision of nine apartments to twelve by careful arrangement within the listed shell, rationalising the layouts, improving the former servant space within the roof and introducing another staircase.
The overall scheme is respectful to its historic heritage and yet acknowledges modern preferences for living. The site is undergoing a full refurbishment with intensive tree maintenance and new planting.
The site will house 18 new houses and twelve apartments. Work has commenced with the apartments due for completion in September 2006 with the houses to follow in spring 2007.