New Homes Round-up: living in the office
In housing, conversions are common. We’ve seen Victorian hospitals, disused warehouses and even churches transformed into wonderful new homes after the buildings have outlived their original function. Now a new class of conversion is making a big impact: offices.
Government figures show that permitted development rights – allowing office buildings to be converted for residential use without requiring full planning permission – created almost 13,000 new homes in just one year.
With thousands of homes being created in former offices there’s a wide variety available: from luxury apartments in central London to market town locations that will suit commuters. It looks as though living in the office is a trend that’s set to continue.
Occupying a central location, handy for the seafront and The Lanes, this new development of 54, one- to three-bedroom flats occupies the former BUPA office. A show home is now open and Help to Buy is available.
This Victorian villa has come full circle: from family residence to offices and back to apartments. The development by Lifestyle Residences is great for commuters – moments from Teddington station – and close to the High Street.
Just three apartments, including the show home, remain available at this award-winning development by Dukelease Properties. The top storeys of five terraced buildings – previously in commercial use – have been converted into 13 luxurious homes.
This bespoke development of 12 apartments and a penthouse in a former 1950s solicitors’ office is handy for the West End. Residents on the upper floors will enjoy panoramic views, plus there’s a 24-hour concierge service.
This office conversion in central Farnham has one- and two-bedroom apartments within walking distance of the station (London Waterloo in just under an hour), off-street gated parking and a communal bike store.
The popular village of Bourne End is set to have improved access to London when Crossrail opens in nearby Maidenhead in 2019. One- and two-bedroom flats with allocated parking and engineered wood floors, and Help to Buy is available.
Just six two-bedroom penthouses remain available at this new, centrally located development. Features include underfloor heating, lift access and allocated parking spaces. Trains to King’s Cross in less than 30 minutes.
Currently available off-plan, this development of 69 apartments is handy for Dorking’s train stations – providing connections to both London and Guildford – and has great views over the National Trust’s Box Hill and the wider Surrey Hills.