Client: Haslemere Developments
This property, a Crown Estate freehold, had remained empty for a number of years as a succession of owners attempted to find a viable development solution. Appointed by Haslemere, we reworked the planning-approved proposals to transfer expensive (but worthless) consented floor space from basements onto the upper floors, thereby reducing costs and adding considerable value. We worked closely with the Contractor to overcome construction difficulties caused by limited site access through the retained facades and developed a bespoke modern window system, in conjunction with the specialist glazing subcontractor and historic building authorities, in order to produce contemporary fenestration with an authentic traditional appearance. The building, reconstructed behind its four existing facades, produced 90,000 square feet of office space and 7,500 square feet of restaurant space and won industry awards for its steelwork and lead detailing.