The project involved conversion of a 2 storey traditional corner property, which had been sub-divided into 2 separate units, commercial on ground floor and residential on first. The major challenges in this project were dealing with the poor structural condition of the building, extensive rot and woodworm damage caused to the fabric of the property while keeping the building together when carrying out substantial structural alterations to the internal.
Structural rehabilitation involved replacing the entire ground floor structure and tying the existing walls and floors together. Eliminating the woodworm involved exposing every piece of timber in the building (floors, walls and ceilings) so that it could be spray treated. These structural changes were in addition to the usual installation of the necessary services and construction that goes into creating a dental practice.
One other challenge in the project was convincing building control to approve the scheme without the need to install a passenger lift in respect of DDA regulations. We were successful in doing so, drawing on all our knowledge and experience of building regulations as it is normal for this requirement to be enforced when a change of use is involved.
As well as dealing with the complexities of the building structural condition and necessary alterations, we were tasked by our client to create an orthodontics practice that was aesthetically unique while functionally performing. No detail was left to chance, each carefully thought about and considered solution was found so that we arrived at clean, clutter free, hygienic and beautiful spaces.
The final accommodation consisted of 3 surgeries, staff room, LDU, LAB, X-ray room, General office, Disabled toilet and staff toilet, all arranged on 2 floors in a building measuring 320m2