Retail & Residential Conversion
A group of individuals with properties throughout the UK instructed DMP to administer the proposed landlords works and residential conversion of a, former, Barclays Bank in Worthing.
The clients wanted to maximise value of investment following the expiry of lease to a bank for whole property prior to sale of upper parts and new retail lease for the adapted ground floor demise.
The property was situated within a substantial retail parade with self-contained residential units to upper parts in a busy shopping area in Worthing.
The project involved the proposed conversion of existing bank premises to provide a retail unit with a new shop front at ground floor level and residential accommodation at first floor level. Further building repairs to adjoining retail and residential units as well as preparation of lease plan drawings to enable disposal of three residential flats were also undertaken by DMP.
The DMP Solution
The first stage of the planning process involved submission of a change of use application from A2 to restaurant/cafe (class A3) including external plant and replacement shopfront. The decision allowed for the removal of the 1960’s concrete shop front and installation of hardwood timber conservation style shop front to enable a pre-let to a Coffee Shop Franchisee.
DMP set about also obtaining and administering reports to discharge planning conditions. For example Sound Acoustic Reports, detailed drawings for sound acoustic provision and detail joinery drawings for proposed shop front construction.
A second application was submitted for the proposed conversion of first floor ancillary storage to provide a self-contained two bedroom flat comprising of some 85 square metres with two bathrooms, street level and roof access, and an enclosed terrace area.
The client instructed DMP to monitor the first phase of landlords works to form the upgraded retail area including shop front installation prior to handover to tenant for their shop fit contract. During the second stage of works DMP administered a JCT Minor Works Contract monitoring the conversion works to form the new residential accommodation. Upon completion the client requested a phased programme of works to be administered with respect overall building repairs and refurbishment including external decoration and roof upgrades to comply with Part L of Approved Documents.