[FIRST LOOK] Suffolk-based Curry-Hyde and Paul Weston Architects have won planning permission for two mixed use schemes on neighbouring sites in Woodbridge, Suffolk
The early designs for the two sites, Whisstocks and Nunns Mill, were drawn up in collaboration with Suffolk-based Paul Weston Architects.
A number of disused buildings currently stand on the waterside site, and it is these which the buildings are influenced by.
At the Whisstocks site, the proposed buildings are arranged around a shared public boatyard.
A restaurant on the water’s edge restates the form of an old chandlery and retains existing views to the Mill and river.
Four linked medium-rise apartment buildings with commercial ground floor accommodation are also proposed, along with a museum and heritage boatshed.
The Nunn’s Mill scheme proposes terraced housing, with mixed-use at either end. Curry-Hyde will now develop the project with Feilden + Mawson’s Norwich office.
The architect’s view
The Whisstocks site is about as sensitive a place as you get. It’s in the Deben Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, across the Deben River from the Sutton Hoo Saxon site, and opposite the Grade I listed mill. The new architecture needs to be deferential – this is a landmark site that needs a non-landmark scheme. The Tide Mill is a jewel of a building and what we make has to be subservient to it. We took the view that the existing relationship between the river, the open space and the site massing had to be maintained. We then developed a design that was both commercially viable and knitted into its context.
The client’s view
Julian Wells, director, FW Properties
We’ve paid close attention to the views of the local community though a lengthy programme of public exhibitions and meetings. Their feedback has informed designs. The schemes are architecturally sophisticated and react specifically to their contexts. And this will make the developments at Whisstocks and Nunn’s Mill more socially and commercially sustainable.