Following the devastating fire at the former Robinswood Inn, Matson in June 2018 the demolished and cleared site sat vacant until February 2022 when Aqua Construction purchased the site in partnership with Gloucester City Homes.
Planning consent was granted in May 2022 for eleven dwellings.
Construction of the 2.no three-bedroom and 2.no four-bedroom terraced houses and 6.no two-bedroom apartments commenced in October 2022 and completed in October 2023.
Quattro Design Architects, Gloucester were appointed to provide construction drawings and assist with the outstanding planning matters.
The three-storey apartments are in harmony with the neighbouring three-storey apartments along Matson Avenue. The two-storey houses complement the neighbouring houses in Oaktree Gardens.
The apartments are faced in render and sit beneath a grey standing seam roof whilst the houses are faced in brickwork beneath a grey slate roof, anthracite grey windows and doors to provide a contemporary look.
On-site parking is provided with electric vehicle charging points and a secure cycle storage.
Sustainability was a key consideration in the development of the technical design. The houses and apartments are highly insulated to achieve an ‘A’-rated EPC. Solar panels on the apartments help reduce the tenant’s energy bills.
Michael Hill, executive director of customer experience at Gloucester City Homes (GCH) said: “Affordable homes are fundamental to creating sustainable communities where people can thrive, there are currently around 5,000 people on our waiting list in Gloucester either due to homelessness or overcrowding.”
Jason Wasley, managing director of Aqua Construction commented: “The Robinswood Inn project marks our 20th completed housing development for Gloucester City Homes. To date, we have proudly delivered 156 new homes for GCH in the past six years.”