calfordseaden was involved in the conversion of the accommodation within this Victorian Grade II Listed former children’s hospital into 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent and private sale.

The key to the success of this project, which was jointly funded by the developer and an established housing association, was a closely knit team who put the structure of the Grade II listed element of the building at the forefront of the scheme design

All existing mechanical and electrical services had been removed from the building; however, extensive use was made of existing risers and containment routes to enable the minimum impact on the building from the main services infrastructure. As a consequence the main challenge for the design team and one of the greatest achievements was the integration of the new service routes into the building which removed unsightly surface wiring and Cat 6 data cables. We also installed comfort cooling and replaced all of the existing mechanical and electrical services.

The building needed to comply with Code for Sustainable Homes level 4 for the new elements and BREEAM ‘Very Good’ for the existing building. This was achieved using a communal heating and hot water system utilising a combined heat and power plant (CHP) and associated condensing boilers. All of the apartments benefit from having whole house ventilation with heat recovery, which further improves the energy efficiency of the dwellings.

The development represents a real achievement by combining a stunning Grade II listed building with apartments that offer amazing level of comfort and sustainably for their owners.