Computer rendered image of proposed housing scheme on Gibbs Crescent, Oxford, set within an existing photo taken from across the canal.

140 new homes granted planning approval in Oxford

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Yurky Cross Chartered Architects is delighted to have been granted planning approval by Oxford City Council for a six storey housing design comprising 140 one, two and three bedroom homes, half of which will be Affordable housing.

The approval to reinvigorate this unique riverside site by replacing existing housing at Gibbs Crescent, follows many months of extensive consultation and collaboration with the Oxford City Council team, Oxford Design review Panel, the residents and wider community through exhibitions and on-site events, and is regarded as an exciting contribution to much-needed housing in Oxford.

Mike Cross, Managing Director at Yurky Cross Chartered Architects said, “Our design vision is to create a sustainable and socially cohesive mix of housing that will promote a strong sense of community, a great place to live and engage with. The relationships created between the proposed building and the external spaces in and around the site create a proposal that celebrates this unique sense of place, allowing the site to deliver on its potential as a vibrant, exciting riverside place to live in the city centre.”

The new building design blends two distinct elements, with the railway boundary and emerging Oxford city architecture beyond on one side and the riverside frontage on the other. The building form is a crescent structure that capitalises on the river views, as well as creating the social heart of the scheme, a central, south-facing, residents-only, community green, where a rich landscaping enriches the site’s biodiversity. The layout of the units within the building form prioritises dual aspect design, with all units having private outdoor space and most having a river view. As well as new homes, the pedestrian-led design approach includes car club provision for residents and extensive cycle storage.

The design language of the riverside facade blends history and placemaking utilising a brick wharf form inspired by the adjacent historic Osney Mill buildings.

Work is expected to commence in early 2021.