Chapman Architects successfully obtained permitted development rights for change of use from office accommodation into 70 residential units as well as carrying out various studies to explore the potential of the building in terms of both development and local market requirements.
Chapman Architects were initially approached in 2009 to carry out studies of the building, to explore the possibilities of refurbishment and potential alterations to the existing structure along withto possible extension opportunities.
Under changes to recent legislation, Chapman Architects submitted and received prior approval for change of use to residential accommodation without the need of a full planning application. This was done so by working closely with appointed Planning Consultants, Transport Consultants and Client.
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Various options for the existing building were shown within the feasibility study, including structural alterations – one option was the proposal of a lightwell at podium in order to create existing ‘deep-plan’ areas suitable for residential accommodation.