DMP were instructed by a Client to administer the proposed Landlords Works to secure a new tenant at a three-storey, 9,000 sqft retail unit in Crawley town centre. The Client’s brief was to provide a new self-contained ground floor retail space, provision a new access arrangement to the upper parts enabling possible future development and allow the new tenant to take on a new lease of the ground floor.
The property was located within a prominent retail parade in Crawley’s town centre is directly opposite the new £3.2 million Square due to open in Summer 2017. The project involved a new suitable arrangement to separate the ground floor from the upper parts, whilst maintaining adequate retail space, satisfying the incoming tenant’s requirements and statutory building regulations. The existing retail staircase arrangement rising to the first floor needed to be removed and a new access stair installed, also a new street entrance and rear access provided to the rear allowing for suitable exit routes.
The DMP Solution
The first stage of the process involved submission of a detailed planning application replacing the dated plate glass shop front with a new aluminium shop front with level threshold access, incorporating a new entrance to the left hand side to serve the upper parts. DMP produced the drawings and submitted a detailed planning application. A thorough application meant that the planning process successfully concluded within the required turnaround for the programme with no reserved conditions.
The existing concrete/steel staircase was removed and the first floor opening infilled, whilst a new structural opening was formed through the existing concrete floor structure for the new self-contained access to the upper parts.
The proposed works allowed for two fire exits to be provided, one from the upper level and the other from the ground floor retail area within the constraints of the existing building, delivering a solution that achieved building regulations approval.
DMP monitored all construction works throughout the programme; carrying out interim valuations, producing payment certificates and ensuring works were kept on schedule and delivered to a good standard.
The ground floor unit has recently been handed over to the tenants who are expecting to open within the next few days.
DMP are now instructed to undertake a Feasibility Study for the proposed conversion and extension of the upper level to form residential accommodation with a view to submit a detailed planning application to Crawley Borough Council for nine residential units.
- Planning Applications
- Building Regulation applications
- Tender Preparation
- Project Administration