The Black Horse, Moss Bank
Care has been taken to find the appropriate scale and massing
to be sympathetic with and provide a good interface with the surrounding context. Within the development there is a hierarchy of building heights and types in-keeping with the character of the Moss Bank Road, the proposed development maintains the prevalent two storey massing along the main route.
However, once within the scheme, the creation of a shared courtyard centred around the large retained oak tree will provide a very different spatial quality to the existing surrounding streets.
Therefore in order to provide containment to this space and to complement the scale of the tree, the vertical scale of the proposed dwellings is to be increased with the introduction of elements of three storey massing.
The housing mix has been composed to respond to provide access to quality homes for the local community. A range of two,
three, four and five bedroom homes will provide a wide variety of options for the community.
As the scheme has been arranged around the central mature tree the smaller, two bed units have been placed to the north and east of the site whilst the larger units benefit from the more generous spacing to the south and west of the site.
The site is located on the site of the former Black Horse Inn, occupying the existing car park, bowling green and the footprint of the existing building. The site is thus set within the already established residential area of Moss Bank, benefitting from all the residential amenities such as local shops and outdoor recreation areas etc.
The site also has a bus stop directly outside it, linking back to St Helens town centre and the wider public transport network beyond.