Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Into The New Century

This is the controversial Century Court. It was built at the start of 2000 and was completed in 2001. It replaced some old office buildings and was hailed as an impressive brownfield redevelopment, but it wasn't without its critics due to the design. At the time it was quite a departure from the usual style of buildings being put up and the Borough Council actively sort out a contemporary design. Century Court was designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley architects and cost around £12 million. The complex has 87 apartments, 9 townhouses, inner courtyard gardens created by a Chelsea award winning designer, a gym and underground car parking. And just to stop any unwanted visitors it has gated access.

This view is from Bath Road but the view from the courtyard is much more interesting. At each end are two drum shaped buildings with apartments within, but I couldn't show them to you due to the gates! The main feature of the homes in the photo is the view from the balconies. They overlook one of Cheltenham's most famous institutions, and this makes these homes some of the towns most expensive (£500,000 for 2 bedrooms!)

Come back tomorrow to see what they see...

6 comments:

Rambling Round said...

Looks like a nice development.

brian said...

i like the design, the roofline definitely draws attention...

Mo said...

I can see why there were critics. Bet the view is great though.

babooshka said...

I bet the view from it is better than the veiw to look at it. Are these extortionate in price then? I am not a new building fan I admit it. I'm much more your renovate kind of person. Interesting to see the next shots.

Knoxville Girl said...

Call me a modern design misanthrope, but it looks like a car park. Or a chain motel. But I'll give them points for brownfield redevelopment. I'm curious to see the view.

• Eliane • said...

Hmm, I see what you mean now. It's a bit of a contrast indeed. They do have a nice view!

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