Services: Construction Project Management | Architectural Design
Client: Via Property Developments Ltd
Record Associates were appointed by Via Property Development Ltd to provide Architectural Design and Construction Project Management services in connection with the conversion of this former Methodist Chapel into 12 apartments extending to approximately 780 sq.m.
Planning permission had initially been granted for the conversion of the property into 10 apartments, but the approved designs were poorly conceived and access to each of the apartments was somewhat chaotic. No access could be obtained to two of the apartments (no that is not a joke) and no lift access was also provided so access to the upper floor accommodation would also have been arduous with anything other than a small bag.
The access arrangement has been radically changed so there is now a central stair and lift core providing access to all the apartments. The construction of this and the demolition of the old internal structure had to be carefully managed so as to avoid any destabilisation of the walls.
“In essence the project has retained the external walls or façade, but provided a completely new internal structure comprising heavy steel beams spanning between the new core and the external walls. The external walls, steelwork and new core then support the new floors and roof structure. This structure needed to be constructed in four lifts (for each floor) with the old structure demolished immediately prior to the new structure being formed so that the external walls were adequately supported. The works also involved the replacement of all the windows which was a particularly sensitive area with the planners so higher quality windows have been used. The old stained glass windows have been retained and refurbished so as to preserve the front elevation. The results are stunning.” says Julian Record, Project Manager for the client.
Record Associates is a Shropshire based firm of chartered building surveyors and construction project managers which specialise in providing property and construction expertise within the residential and commercial sectors. If you would like to get in touch about a new development, then please call Julian Record on the number above.