London Warehouse Conversion
We designed this project to convert an old warehouse space in Camden in to a modern flat. This is our second project for the same developer, further to a successful project for 5 flats on a nearby site. This building had great potential for residential use, but first of all our client needed Planning Permission from Camden for change of use.
Most of the building had already been converted to flats over the years. But this unit was still in use as the office for a Camden design agency. They wanted to move out due to company increasing in size. The residential market was very strong in the area so an application for change of use was a good move.
Change Of Use
We worked closely with the developer to come up with a design that made a great flat, maximised their return on investment, and met with planning policy. Camden supported our planning application, and we won full planning approval.
It was important to keep the character of the building in the new flat. We have kept the exposed beams and concrete ceiling on view, and have made a design feature of the old bricks.The bricks were lightly sandblasted to give a clean finish while maintaining an aged appearance. The existing steel windows have been kept for planning, and to add to the industrial feel and heritage of the new flat.
We designed the kitchen in a warm grey tone to work well with the old bricks. Frameless fire rated pocket doors separate the kitchen from the rest of the flat for fire safety, while maintaining a flow of space.
On the interior we planned the space to be efficient, with a large living room and two bedrooms. The bathroom is large and airy, and includes a steam room shower.
Throughout the flat, a new walnut floor finish gives a warm feel to the interior and unites the space. We specified industrial fixtures, such as the new cast iron radiators, and industrial uplighters, to work with the look of the space.
Construction was completed in just 16 weeks. The design avoided using an items with long lead times, and this meant that the flat could be on the market and making a return for our developer client within the fastest possible time
Development Costs and Return
Our design maximised value of the space for the developer, and construction costs were kept low, with money spent carefully on parts that would add the greatest value, such as the kitchen and bathrooms. The flat was sold for a record price per m² for this part of Camden.