As we head toward what will hopefully be a long and warm summer, 105 West are busy working on a number of projects in a steadily widening number of market sectors. Recent months have seen further work in the established residential, domestic and student accommodation markets as well new healthcare work.
New Build Housing
105 West have gained planning permission for innovative contemporary housing on a challenging site on the outskirts of Bristol. The site had a history of failure to gain planning permission due to its very sensitive nature, being adjacent to a Grade One listed National Trust group of cottages. 105 West were approached because of their successful track record of working with listed buildings and within challenging constraints. Following detailed negotiations with the local authority planning department, conservation department, English Heritage and the National Trust, planning permission was granted in April 2009.
105 West have been appointed to convert a substantial Grade Two listed property from a house into a medical consultants clinic. This project involves the addition of a lift to provide access to the upper floors of the listed building, the replacement of the existing dilapidated outbuildings and the conversion of the interior spaces. As well as consultancy rooms, meeting rooms, treatment rooms and administration facilities, a number of large and complex pieces of equipment will need to be accommodated within the scheme. Feasibility has been completed and strategy agreed with the conservation department of the local authority. Scheme design is now underway.
Planning permission has been granted for a new farmhouse in rural south Wales. The previous farmhouse did not provide wheelchair access, which had resulted in difficulties for the family who run the farm and occupy the house. Due to the cost required to renovate and alter the previous building, the decision was taken to demolish and replace the house with a new home which would provide the levels of comfort and access required, while being a highly sustainable construction designed to be a modern interpretation of the local rural aesthetic.
105 West are now in the process of preparing the building regulations application for this project.
A feasibility study is being carried out to convert two existing buildings in a central Bristol location to provide student accommodation. This project is at a very early stage, but appears likely to proceed given the potential of the feasibility scheme.
105 West were commissioned to carry out a feasibility study for the construction of a small sheltered housing scheme attached to an existing residential nursing home. The preliminary scheme has received positive informal feedback from planning consultants and the local authority. The brief for the scheme is being developed in conjunction with the client.
Two domestic projects are currently under construction, with both projects due to be completed by the summer.