It’s been a slow start to 2024 on the journal front! We’re thrilled that planning permission was granted for our project to convert an existing warehouse into four new flats in East Oxford. In a previous life, the building was used to manufacture balsa wood floats and other fishing tackle, but for more than a decade has stood empty. Converting, rather than rebuilding, will retain the distinctive roof shape – a landmark on the street – and celebrate a small piece of local industrial heritage.

Although planning wasn’t simple, we collaborated with the planners to develop a scheme that met their requirements and responded to input from the community. The design keeps sustainability at its heart: the embodied carbon in the original building fabric will be kept locked away, energy efficiency vastly improved, renewable technologies integrated, and the development will be car free. We’re currently working closely with our client through the technical design stage.

We encourage clients to consider the potential of reimagining existing spaces. As retrofit specialists, we’re here to provide help and guidance. Contact us to learn more about our architects’ services.