Sensitive alteration and extension of a Grade II Listed detached commercial building in a highly sought after and desirable location within Chelmsford City Centre. Application for a change of use to transform the building into a high quality residential development.
Maximising value in a city centre location
The building is currently owned and occupied by a local firm of solicitors, Taylor Haldane Barlex LLP. As their business has expanded so they have therefore outgrown their existing building. They are therefore looking to relocate their operations to a more suitable location and apply for a change of use to convert the building into a set of unique 1 & 2 bedroom apartments. This will be split between the existing listed property and an extension to the rear, together with associated parking and secure cycle storage provision.
The existing building layout has been sensitively designed to work around the existing structure and features in order to retain and preserve as much historic fabric as possible.
The extension is separated by an existing landscaped courtyard, which is to be retained in order to serve as an entrance to both the new extension and the original building whilst preserving the external character of the listed setting. The principal entrance to the historic building is retained and forms an ante space for the whole development with a generous vestibule and access to the elegant early 19th century main stair.
External landscaping, including new green walls will be incorporated to further enhance and improve the historic setting.
The original building is a Designated Heritage Asset with Grade II Listing. The design acknowledges and takes careful consideration of those qualities that give the building historic significance while at the same time making changes that will allow the building to be sustained through the next generation and to change with the developing cityscape of Chelmsford.
3D presentation of the designs
BIM Building Information Modelling
Historic Building Consultancy
Historical development mapping
Applying Historic England Guidance Principles