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Thrust Works, Sheffield

Project: Thrust Works Residential Scheme
Location: Handsworth, Sheffield
Client: Jaguar Estates

Formerly the site of Thrust Works, which was demolished as part of the project, this 0.96 acre site is located in Handsworth between Handsworth Road and Hall Road.
Self Architects developed three house types; a three-bedroom two-storey house (both as a detached and a semi-detached), a two-bedroom semi-detached bungalow, and a 2 bedroom detached bungalow.

Due to level changes between Handsworth Road and the site, plus the volume of traffic along Handsworth Road, it was decided that new vehicular access should be taken off Hall Road. Following pre-Planning consultation with Planning and Urban Design Officers, Self Architects produced a scheme with five bungalows positioned to provide street frontage to Hall Road with a combination of parking solutions to ensure the street frontage is not car-dominated.  These single storey dwellings are in-keeping with the post-war character of properties to this side of the adjacent school site.

Properties within the site were then arranged to give a courtyard feel with the two storey houses backing onto the retaining wall of Handsworth Road and principal elevations overlooking a central area and parking. Overlooking distances between proposed dwellings and existing properties were respected to ensure that there were no overlooking issues.

Self Architects obtained Planning and Building Regulations Approvals and provided support to Jaguar Estates throughout the construction process.

Jaguar Estates said:

“Initially, we obtained a planning consent for a block of apartments and nursery school. We were concerned about the overall demand for this scheme so set about a redesign. Self Architects carefully negotiated a new layout with the local Planning Department based on traditional housing and bungalows. We were able to obtain a consent very quickly due to our up front discussions and liaison with the Planners and we completed the build and sold all the units in just over 1 year. The scheme was well received in the locality and the design and layout very much suits it’s setting. The project consisted of 7 houses and 8 bungalows and the value was £2.3 million.”