The planning application has now been submitted and has been registered by the Vale of White Horse District Council.
As posted earlier, the building is Grade 2 Listed and sits in the Abingdon Town Centre Conservation Area. So as well as applying for planning permission we have to apply for listed building consent too.
Over the years the building has become institutionalised with fire doors, signage, security doors and systems, anaglypta wall paper, magnolia paint, surface wiring and general neglect. We cannot ignore safety and other regulation but we do want to return the building to its former glory, restoring some of the original features as well as rendering the building “fit for purpose” as a modern office environment. A number of changes are proposed which include the following:
- the reinstatement of some openings within the building
- the removal of modern internal partitions
- restoration of an external side opening
- refurbishment of and restoration to the roof of the front portico
- external redecoration in heritage Georgian colours
- creation of an internal glazed roof office
- removal of the rear internal fire escape
- provision of a replacement fire escape with first floor deck area
- refurbishment of external elevations and woodwork
We feel the proposed changes will breathe new life into what is at present an outdated, tired and somewhat neglected listed building. Our proposals seek to respect the history of the building, where possible restoring original features, whilst at the same time creating modern and useable office space. That special fusion of old and new.
The importance of the front facade is evident from the listing schedule. In order to maintain the importance of this facade, the portico will be restored, the brickwork repaired, the stonework cleaned and the woodwork repainted in traditional Georgian heritage colours.
The proposed development will comply fully with Local Plan Policy HE5 and with the NPPF requirements set out at paragraphs 128 and 129. In summary we believe that the proposed works will benefit the conservation and future of this heritage building as well as enhancing the character of the conservation area.
Copies of the planning application and all the supporting plans and documents can be found at;
Any comments on the proposals would be welcomed.