The Old Office



Contract Sum:

£90,000 (2015)


Using Permitted Development rights for office conversions, our brief was to convert this former office into a new three-bedroom sustainable family dwelling in central Brighton.

The client’s aspirations were to create a spacious and light interior whilst maintaing privacy given the buildings city centre location. In summary, the works included the insertion of two new staircases, a new kitchen, two bathrooms, structural works and general fabric upgrades.

Located beneath a large rooflight, a key concept was to create an open and lightweight bespoke staircase. This would allow light to filter through to the open plan ground floor kitchen, living and dining space.

Sustainability was an important feature. All walls, windows, floors and the roof were upgraded to provide high levels of insulation and air tightness. Low energy light fittings and sophisticated heating controls were installed throughout. Reclaimed flooring was used extensively including a reclaimed parquet floor and a hardwood floor salvaged from the original office.

The project was completed on time and within the constraints of a tight budget. Deacon and Richardson Architects provided a complete service. In addition to the design and statutory applications we managed the procurement process, executed a building contract between the client and main contractor and attended regular two weekly site meetings.

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