RPA Architects were approached to convert a disused shop and associated House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) accomodation in Headington, Oxford, into four individual flats for use as serviced apartments.
In order to achieve this, the building was reconfigured internally and the available space was reorganised extensively. Externally changes were minimal.
Key to the success of the application - and the transformation of a building which had no real commercial viability into one which is of significantly enhanced value - was the need to demonstrate that the loss of the shop would not materially impact upon the amenity or vitaility of the area. In addition we showed that the amenity of occupants would be satisfactory, and that the proposals were supported by existing planning policies.
The re-purposing and re-imagination of buildings in this way is a highly sustainable approach to development and one which we enjoy tackling as it enables us to utilize our planning expertise as well as our architectural skills.