In August 2018 we completed our development of 19 homes on the corners of Globe Lane and Lagland Street in Poole Town Centre, Dorset.
The accommodation comprises two three-storey apartment blocks; the smaller (Hucklesby Court) is for shared ownership sale and has 4 x 1 bed and 1 x 2 bed apartments; the larger (Lewin Court) is for affordable rent and has 8 x 1 bed and 6 x 2 bed apartments.
The land where Hucklesby Court now stands was previously vacant and susceptible to anti-social behaviour; the land where Lewin Court is now sited was formerly occupied by the CAB building, which had also previously served as Poole’s Labour Exchange. The design of Lewin Court incorporates features of the CAB building.
As with all of our new developments, the public realm is important and we look to enhance the communal areas in some way. We commissioned Aspace Arts to design and install public art and Lucy Kirk was selected from several entries. As there is little outside space Lucy chose Poole’s tradition of ceramic tiles as the medium for the project and its industrial heritage as the theme, in particular the iron foundry run by Stephen Lewin. The foundry was located across the road, where the Old Town First School is now sited. The two new blocks are named after Stephen Lewin and the late architect Stephen Hucklesby of Trinity Architecture, who did the original designs for them.
The tiled murals were well received and were commended by a local historian. We later decided to brighten the internal corridors up and continued the theme with images in the communal stairways. The residents have told us that the images really enhance their environment.