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Urban Village Apartments and Swansea Building Control

The Development comprises two residential buildings Strand Mews (12 apartments) and Strand Court (64 apartments) situated on top of a 3 storey naturally ventilated car park utilising smoke shafts and providing 121 car parking spaces shared between the residents and the new commercial high street premises.

Urban Village Apartments
View across Swansea
Kitchen area in an apartment
Kitchen area in an apartment
Urban Village Apartments
View across Swansea
Kitchen area in an apartment
Kitchen area in an apartment

Designed by Holder Mathias Architects and Built by Midas, these buildings have a concrete frame and Met Sec internal partitioning with Strand Court incorporating a fire fighting lift shaft. The facades combine brickwork and curtain walling with a spacious balcony for every apartment providing enviable views over Swansea.

Close liaison with Building Control officers utilising a positive problem solving approach was invaluable, going beyond helping to overcome many challenges of how the various building structures and materials interface in order to meet requirements but also in assisting to develop a robust fire strategy to cater for a variety of scenarios.

One flat on each floor has been specifically adapted to include hoist rails, height adjustable worktops and fully accessible wet rooms.

The larger project has included 8 ground floor retail uinits and three floors of commercial office space above totalling 2,950m2 approx.

This project won the Best Social/Affordable Housing Project category at the Swansea Building Excellence Awards 2013.

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