Back to space for living: urban

21 The Promenade, Cheltenham

The Project: conversion of partially vacant Grade II listed building to provide high quality sustainable apartments

The Brief: The client owns a number of Listed Regency buildings in a very prominent part of Cheltenham. Originally designed as a terrace of private houses the properties have been converted to retail units at the ground floor and office accommodation on the upper 3 floors. Commercial restrictions and the influx of bespoke out of town office accommodation has lead to many of these properties being vacant for a number of years and leading to the search for new uses. The opportunity to provide sustainable residential dwellings coupled with the Governments push on developing this type of vacant town centre accommodation has lead to the proposal to convert the upper floors into 8 new apartments.

The Soluition: the earlier office conversion and alteration works have been carried in an insensitive manner in many areas and have damaged the historic fabric of the buildings. In returning the upper floors to residential use we have the opportunity to repair this damage and by bringing the buildings back into use ensure they are maintained and protected for future generations. The principle rooms at first floor level are of significant interest and as such the scheme that we have proposed will not touch any of the historic fabric of the building. The floor to floor height in these areas is sufficient to enable us to introduce free standing pods to provide the necessary kitchen and bathroom facilities, maintaining the overall integrity, aesthetics and historic character of the rooms.