Location: Gateway, Preston, UK
Amadeus Developments set the brief for a new landmark mixed use building to the northern gateway of Preston. The proposals replace an existing inner city car park with a 120-bed hotel, 56 residential units and 1,700m² of retail space. Three different building types are combined; positioned on a triangular site with three very distinct edges, bound by existing buildings in each corner.
Each use is expressed differently through the external elevations whilst the internal elevations to the courtyard are treated as one. A two-storey plinth building contains the retail units, residential lobby and all areas of the hotel other than the bedrooms. The residential units and hotel bedrooms rise above the plinth, overlooking both inner courtyard and street elevations.