Lunar Rise

Client: Barratt Homes

Completion: 2007

109 apartments of one and two-bed simplex units, fitted-out and arranged in 4 blocks over a mix of undercroft parking and 9,000 square feet of commercial space in 3 units.

The design completes an urban block with an existing public house retained on one corner. Heights vary from 4 storeys in the south to 10 in the north. The building form is stepped and articulated along Moon Street and organised around a central court area with additional landscaped parking. The courtyard wall forms one boundary of a new public realm space on a historic pedestrian route to Sutton Harbour.

Materials are principally granite facings or externally insulated render, over a concrete frame and masonry infill structure, with colour coated metalwork and balcony structures that support stainless steel and glass balustrades.

Lunar Rise is one component in the regeneration of a number of derelict and under-used brownfield sites on a significant approach to Plymouth’s city centre area that have been developed by the public/ private venture, the Sutton Partnership. The site is one urban block back from the waterside on Sutton Harbour and is bounded on two sides by principal traffic routes in and out of the city and the historic Barbican area. The levels vary by up to 3 stories between the northern edge, which faces on to a wide dual carriage highway, and the southern side with its more intimate scale and Conservation Area nearby.