Tigg Coll Architects recently completed this 400sqm renovation, extension and conversion of a high street bank. The site had a prominent corner location on the edge of a Conservation Area and care was therefore needed in proposing a sensitive design. The building had recently fallen into disrepair and significant remedial work was undertaken to create the new ground floor commercial unit and three contemporary apartment units above.
The project involved the demolition of a non-original extension and the construction of a new modern, brickwork extension. The old building was separated from the new through the introduction of a vertical glazed sub division running the full height of the property; however the new extension evokes the language of the existing building through corbel detailing and a complementary choice of brickwork. The result is an extension that is modern while complimentary to its immediate surroundings.
Windows were not permitted in the rear elevation due to concerns about overlooking therefore a protruding brick detail was incorporated to ensure that a large, uninspiring, blank facade was not created.