Ascot Design was asked by a developer client to assist with this challenging and unusual project. It involved the conversion of two light industrial work units into residential apartments, which could potentially serve students attending the neighbouring college.
The twenty- five- year- old buildings were originally constructed with steel frames and cladding, typically for their intended use. Our proposals subdivided the existing footprint into apartments of the optimum size for the intended market. Internal layouts are open plan and flexible and finished in a modern style.
Externally the buildings were re-clad with a material specifically selected to give a warmer finish, windows were replaced and private balconies added to create an attractive residential appearance.
The surrounding grounds were remodelled by replacing large areas of hard surfacing and redundant car parking spaces, with soft landscape and gardens for communal use.
In parallel to a complete transformation to the sites aesthetics, we had to consider the contrasting building regulations and performance requirements that apply when comparing light industrial and residential uses.
The development has proved extremely popular with the target market and delivered an innovative concept and unexpected future to the site.