Completed Commercial Project Conversion, with a new west wing, of a local historic landmark hotel into 23 luxury apartments. Developer/Builder client. We were appointed at scheme inception to prepare a feasibility study and then full scheme design, leading to submission for Full Planning approval as Agents, and Full Plans Building Regulations submission.
A Grade 2* (two star) listed 18th.C. building converted from a redundant council centre into seven luxury apartments with 3 new cottages in the grounds built on foundation piles close to mature TPO trees. We gained unanimous planning committee support after detailed dialogue with the Local Authority Conservation Officer, and direct negotiation with the English Heritage Team Leader for much of the South East of England.
Richard Wylde, the M.D. of Thomas Keatings Ltd. and the TeraHertz Group, contacted us for advice in connection with ongoing difficulties his company was experiencing with the Local Authority Planning department. The company was considering a move from its old factory to more appropriate premises.
We suggested that rather than move premises, he consider a split of the site into industrial and residential uses. Following complex design negotiation, we gained a Full Planning approval for the company to retain one half of the industrial site for their new factory and to develop the other half as 14 apartments. The residential site was sold with the benefit of the Planning approval, which helped significantly fund the new factory
Dr. Wylde noted that the fact that the company was subsequently awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade was founded in part on the new factory, and that DHC Architects' input therefore contributed significantly to the Award.