First look: Allies and Morrison's cliff-top Felixstowe apartments
Two new apartment buildings and the restoration of an Edwardian hotel will provide 55 new apartments in the Felixstowe Conservation area
The new buildings, eight-storeys and a seven-storeys housing 21 and 16 apartments respectively, are described as ‘boldly contemporary and designed to make an important contribution both historically and architecturally to the thriving seaside town’.
‘Simple and robust brick forms are contrasted with the filigree metalwork and transparent lanterns that form the duplex penthouses and balconies. Terracotta detailing is added as a lining to the window reveals facing the sea to provide solar shading to the duplex penthouse lanterns. The construction of basements will greatly improve the stability of the cliff tops and adjacent English Heritage registered historic garden, with Grade II listed status.
‘The comprehensive restoration of the hotel, Cliff House, particularly the reinstatement of the elaborate balconies and colonnade to the sea, are fundamental to the proposals and it is hoped that in conjunction with the development of the two new buildings, this will encourage further regeneration in this part of Felixstowe.
‘Located at the highest point along the seafront between two substantial and locally important Edwardian buildings, the proposals have been developed through extensive consultation with English Heritage and Suffolk Coastal District Council to ensure the massing of the proposals responds to the views into and within the Conservation Area.’