The nature of the project, an old doctors’ surgery in a conservation area, created logistical considerations. The design had to be in-keeping with the aesthetic sensibilities of the original building while meeting modern standards for safety, energy efficiency and comfort.
Matching up the old and the new parts meant reconciling old and modern regulations, dimensions, materials and styles, to create a seamless whole. As part of the build we moved the main staircase, constructing a central core, connecting the two parts of the build and housing the stairwell and lift shaft. The long, narrow footpath meant the only access was down the sides of the building and deliveries had to be meticulously scheduled around residents, traffic and the lack of onsite storage.
Brenig took the project through the planning process and converted the existing building into 4 apartments, adding an additional 10 apartments in the extension to the rear of the property.