The existing building was a derelict office block built in the early 1960’s. It blighted the neigbourhood and created a no-go area around it. Our brief was to convert the property into an attractive mixed-use development comprising 122 apartments and commercial space that would act as a catalyst to regenerate the area.
The top two existing floors of the main blocks of the building were demolished to reduce load on the structure and to allow the construction of two new floors using a lightweight form of construction.
The facade of the building was re-clad in a series of bays using lightweight render and metal panels. The design of the facades creates a pattern of cladding which both respects the form of the existing buildings and echoes the rhythm of the existing terraces in the adjoining conservation area.
Amenity space comprises generous roof top gardens created at first floor level above the shops that front the street.
This area of Beckenham is once again vibrant and attractive and the dwellings we have created are popular and in demand.