The White Building

The contract was awarded to FSL by a joint venture between Hampshire’s biggest housing association and one of the country’s largest house builders, it involved taking a redundant 1930’s art deco locally listed building in the centre of a new development and turning it into 96 luxury apartments.

FSL provided initial feasibility design and budget costing advice on the building then followed up with full planning drawings, prepared the design and access statement, met with the local councillors and heritage association and drove through to a successful approval. The build project was awarded as a full turn-key design and build contract with FSL responsible for the internal conversion, external renovation and construction of the associated new part underground 80 space car park and landscaping.

Mechanically a central plant room with full district heating system running individual HIU boilers with wet heating to each apartment, full MHRV throughout, removal of the internal lift shaft and creating two new lift shafts, a full sprinkler and fire protection system and new corridor smoke ventilation shafts have all been provided.

Externally new openings for doors, windows and rooflights were created, heritage approved fenestration fitted and full repair and redecoration carried out. The roof was completely replaced and new cast concrete matching stairs to all entrances created. An adjacent part underground car park in a matching style to blend has been built.

Internally all feature details have been retained and restored, a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments complete with fitted kitchens and integrated appliances, bathrooms and en-suites created. Custom skirting sections, architraves and art-deco door furniture have been installed. Each apartment is fitted with energy efficient lighting and electrical appliances along with all floor finishes to every room. The development is covered by an NHBC 10-year warranty following close co-operation and constant inspection.

Client: Barratt Homes and Vivid
Location: Basingstoke
Size: 96 Apartments


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