Project Orange was appointed by a developer/contractor to obtain planning permission for change of use for a redundant public house and for its extension and redevelopment to provide ten private apartments.
On a tight urban site, adjoining a heavily protected conservation area, a hybrid solution emerged. This involved in part replicating the architectural language and detail of the original (though not listed) building for the first extension. This was a necessity where views from the conservation area were most sensitive. A more autonomous and contemporary extension was proposed where the planners felt this could be justified. This second extension is deliberately laconic to contrast with the frills and embellishments of the Victorian pub and uses black bricks and steel windows in a simple composition. A new entrance and stair were created between this extension and the original building, accessing all apartments and linking the disparate levels between old and new.
A variety of residential units were created, some two storey and all with external space, to appeal to as wide a market as possible. Care was also taken to exploit the quirkiness of the original building to lend character and individuality to the apartments within.