Client: Major UK University
Services: Architecture, Building Surveying, Project Management

Our client owned a series of 8 large, Victorian Villa’s, in a prime residential road within a Conservation Area close to campus. These had been used as part of the Halls of Residence and converted to provide shared student accommodation. However, after the construction of a purpose built Halls of Residence these Villas became redundant and a valuable asset with the potential for private sale.

 

We undertook detailed measured surveys of each building, developing concepts to convert to 41 high grade self-contained flats, ranging from studio apartments to 3 bedroom units.

 

We worked with the grain of the fabric and structure of the buildings to produce concept plans that returned them to as close to their original grandeur as possible. This required the demolition of an inappropriate 20th Century extension to Mansfield Hall separating the buildings back into the 2 original villas.

 

We held extensive negotiations with the Planning Authority and Building Control to gain their support for the proposals and developed detailed solutions, resulting in full planning permissions and conservation area consents being granted. The permissions formed the basis of a successful sale of the properties as individual sites on the open market; maximising the return to the University.

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