Residential Conversion

Residential Conversion

Client Brief

A Private Investment company with property throughout the UK, instructed DMP to Project Manage the proposed redevelopment of one of their properties in Tonbridge.

The client’s vision was to provide two ground floor lock up retail units with a self-contained entrance providing access to proposed residential accommodation to the upper parts.

The property, situated at 36 – 38 High Street, was an attached building on the town’s main shopping street with a twin gabled three storey elevation and return frontage to Lamberts Yard. The property comprised of two retail shops each with a three bedroom maisonette above.

The DMP Solution

DMP first set about a detailed measured survey and preparation of preliminary drawings to present via a Pre-Application Consultation with Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council who were supportive of the proposals.

Our solution was firstly to consolidate the retail accommodation, removing internal stairs and opening up the floor area to increase the lettable space and build in toilets.

For the upper floors we were fortunate in providing four one bed flat units with limited structural and external alterations.

A detailed planning submission was made. During the consultation process the Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council’s Environmental Health and Housing Services Department requested the proposals for the flats included measures to mitigate road traffic noise and pollution.

Given DMP’s long standing experience in residential conversion in locations such as Tonbridge High Street, we worked in a timely manner to achieve the determination date and procure a Noise Acoustic Assessment with recommendations and design for air recovery units, thus negating any reserved planning conditions on receipt of granted planning permission.

We project managed the overall scheme incorporating a phase programme enabling the client to complete leases for the pre-lets to the ground floor retail units once these were complete with the contractor offering up the residential accommodation for let some months later.

Specialist works involved full replacement of timber glazed casement windows and incorporating sound acoustic glass as well as the installation of Air Recovery Units to all habitable rooms to satisfy the planning permission conditions.


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