Retail to Residential Conversion

Project Managing Retail to Residential Conversion

Client Brief

The client, a private European multi-strategy real estate investment firm formed in 1995 currently owning and managing circa 3.5million square foot of real estate with circa 500 tenants, instructed DMP to act as their Project Managers.

DMP, having secured planning permission by Appeal in 2011 for the previous freeholder, sought to undertake the proposed works in accord with the planning to rearrange the ground floor to provide a retail unit for the existing tenant, formation of a new street entrance, conversion of former storage space into a bin/cycle store and conversion of the upper parts to form two 2 bedroom flats and two 1 bedroom flats.

The Property

The mid-terraced Victorian building had been occupied prior to works by the existing tenant in excess of 100 years. The external fabric had been carefully looked after, however the upper parts had become very dilapidated.

The DMP Solution

The client was seeking to undertake the works in a phased manner in order not to disrupt the existing tenant’s retail operation. DMP worked closely with the tenant’s team on a number of options to limit disruption and, in conclusion, agreements were made for an enhanced construction phase of 4 weeks for the contractors to undertake all works related to the retail and subdivision.

DMP administered the Minor Works JCT Contract for the initial phase of structural upgrades, the new shop front, roller shutter, sound acoustics and sub-division works and were pleased not to have to apply penalties due to this phase being completed on programme and handed over to the tenant’s specialist contractor for their two week fit out.

On completion of the initial phase the contractor progressed with the residential conversion, with DMP having prepared and administered the JCT Intermediate Contract.

DMP liaised with the local Borough Council to obtain the necessary consent for new property addresses as well as seeking quotations and administering the safe and timely install of all new incoming electrical/water services and associated meters.

Throughout the contract DMP prepared monthly Cost Reports and Construction Progress Reports for the clients, detailing ongoing progress and incorporating detailed photographic schedules.

The residential works were completed over a 24 week period with the flats being ready for the private rental market in late summer 2015.

The client and their managing agents have advised the development proved to be an excellent commercial success and have since instructed DMP on a further four similar projects, with one of 10 units currently on site for occupation in late Summer 2016.


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