We have just received full planning permission for our part conversion/ part new build scheme on George Street in Watford, to transform an existing office building into 39 flats, and an office unit.
To say the context is sensitive is an understatement; the site is surrounded by no less than 4 listed buildings, and in the middle of a conservation area. Further, the existing building is of poor architectural quality, and clearly has a negative impact on the adjacent heritage assets. The Local Authority's initial feedback was that the only acceptable form of redevelopment for the site would involve completely demolishing the existing building - which was completely unviable financially.
We therefore developed a series of cost effective modifications to the existing building, along with a sensitive roof top extension, to clearly demonstrate we were improving both the building and the area, whilst still delivering a commercially sound scheme.