The site was a former warehouse on the Leeds Liverpool Canal close to Bootle town centre. The development provides a number of 2 storey family homes, 3 storey town houses and a 4 storey apartment block. The apartments are set at the junction of the main canal and a service dock which creates a landmark building in the area.
The family houses have a large garden amenity space and relate to the scale of the local housing creating an access courtyard which is well overlooked.
The town houses back on to the canal and the gardens have a decorative railing rear fence to maintain views of the canal, there are also balconies on the upper floors. The sawtooth roof profile reflects the former canalside architecture of the site.
An environmentally-sustainable design agenda informed the development of the Carolina Street housing project. The development meets the Code for Sustainable Homes standard and Secured by Design.
Brise soleil and balconies form part of a controlled passive solar heating approach, while natural ventilation techniques ventilate the houses. Photovoltaic panels supply power to the communal areas of the apartments. The brownfield site received extensive remediation prior to construction.
The site maximises the canalside location and creates a sustainable community with a range of house types to a high environmental standard and a great place to live.