The White Building

This joint venture between Hampshire’s biggest housing association and one of the country’s largest house builders, involves taking a 1930’s art deco retained BOLO 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 councilors 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 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, provision of 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. An adjacent part underground car park in a matching style to blend has been designed.

Internally a mix of one and two bedroom apartments complete with fitted kitchens and integrated appliances, bathrooms and en-suites. Each apartment is planned with veneered doors, energy efficient lighting and electrical appliances along with all floor finishes to every room. Every apartment is to be to an high standard with the development being covered by an NHBC 10 year structural guarantee.

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

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