Retail & Residential Redevelopment
DMP were approached by a Private Investment Company and Developer based in Kent back in 2011, relating to a redevelopment project.
The specific site consisted of a detached 1970’s retail unit at ground floor level and Office accommodation on the first floor. A separate Dance Studio to a self-contained, single-storey unit and dilapidated character store were to the rear of the site.
The site, located in the small market village of Lenham, lying at the foot of the North Downs and Pilgrim’s Way. The main building fronting Faversham Road had been destroyed by an extensive building fire.
The client sought the redevelopment of the site and requested DMP to prepare various Feasibility Studies for ‘mixed use’. Several options were put forward; taking into consideration the site’s location was in the heart of the village. The site itself was part of the conservation area and surrounded predominantly by listed/historical properties.
Upon acceptance of one of the schemes for Retail use; incorporating residential accommodation overhead, DMP prepared a series of optional drawings. The Client sought advice from a niche Retail Agent who had connections with leading retail operator to secure the attention from a national retailer. A pre-let was then achieved for the proposed ground floor unit with a well-known food retailer.
The DMP Solution
The chosen scheme was to undertake full demolition of the existing fire damaged building and the erect a ‘mixed use’ development. This comprising of an A1 retail unit at ground floor level and four; two-bedroom apartments on the first floor.
Working with the Client’s appointed Planning Consultant, DMP prepared detailed planning drawings, supporting information documentation: including Illustrative Colour Perspectives, Sustainable Statement and Waste Minimisation Statement.
A Planning application was submitted in Summer 2013; with a drawn-out planning process where DMP responded to ongoing consultation and correspondence with the Planning and Conservation Officers, resulting in a final design and scheme; which was granted Planning Permission by Maidstone Borough Council in Summer 2014.
Upon receipt of granted permission, DMP were instructed to manage and formulate the necessary drawings and documents to discharge the eleven pre-commencement Planning Conditions. DMP managed and supervised the Archaeological Consultant to obtain all necessary historical and site investigation data to achieve this.
DMP took on the role of lead consultant; coordinating the Client’s professional team, along with preparation of drawings for use with Building and Working Regulations.
Works commenced on site in late Autumn 2014 and throughout the construction process DMP provided further assistance with set-out construction drawings and continual liaison with the Client’s own team. As well as, coordination of drawings and information between Client and prospective tenant. Successful completion of the project was achieved in Spring 2016.
Working with the Construction Energy & Sustainability Consultants was needed to achieve the necessary Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 for planning. DMP prepared and submitted to the planning department an argument to reduce the required to Level 3 which was successfully granted, enabling the scheme to be completed on the existing brownfield site.