Halsall Lloyd Partnership were the project architects for the original conversion of the listed building, sited within a conservation area of Nottingham, for Leicester Housing Association (LHA-ASRA) in 1995. The building was converted from a Postal Sorting Office to provide ground and first floor office accommodation, with 2nd and 3rd floors converted to provide 7no 2 bed 3 person flats.
Subsequently the demand for office accommodation has reduced, and as such Halsall Lloyd Partnership were re-commisioned by LHA-ASRA in 2013, to prepare proposals to convert the ground and first floor office accommodation into flats for rent.
The scheme comprised the creation of 8no self contained flats (1 and 2 bedroom) with associated communal circulation space. HLP were able to draw on its previous experience of the building when drawing up proposals, and detailed design for the latest conversion.
Maintaining access and services serving the existing upper floor flats were carefully considered and incorporated into the proposals to allow existing residents to remain in place in the building during the works. Existing communal heating systems were repurposed to serve the proposed residential accommodation.
Structural alterations and elevations changes kept to a minimum, whilst providing layouts which met the clients brief for individual room sizes, overall flats sizes, and met HQI requirements for kitchen capacities, storage and furniture layouts. A programme of upgrades to the thermal elements was carefully considered, with dialogue with the conservation officer to ensure the listed building was responded to in a sympathetic manner.
Alongside planning permission for the change of use, listed building and conservation area consent, and building regulations (plans) approval were secured. The project was prepared for tender, unfortunately the project was then put on hold due to a change in client circumstance.