Slab Design Union were commissioned by a private developer to assess the viability of refurbishing and upgrading a row of existing terraced properties, located in a leafy mews within walking distance of Plymouth City Centre.
The terraces had been sub-divided into flats and needed improvement to meet modern standards for energy efficiency. We focused on an existing ground floor flat and undertook an exercise in how it could be reconfigured to provide affordable high-quality accommodation that was fiscally accessible to as many people as possible.
The proposal sought to retain as much of the existing structure as possible and reconfigure the internal layout to maximise habitable areas whilst upgrading the fabric to achieve improved levels of energy efficiency. New external windows and doors were proposed to improve the thermal performance.
The existing fabric of the building was upgraded with new insulated linings to all perimeter walls and a new heating system was also proposed, located within a new store/ services cupboard accessed from the corridor.
Internally, the layout was reconfigured to relocate the existing bedroom from the middle to the rear of the property, with a new linked living, kitchen and dining space being created. The bathroom and all services were moved to the opposite side of a new circulation spine.
The interiors comprised new floor finishes throughout (oak and slate) with built in joinery to the bedroom and lounge and a new fully fitted kitchen and bathroom. New pocket doors were fitted so valuable floor space was not required to be kept clear for door swings. The kitchen/ dining area and bedroom have direct access to a private terrace and new ceilings with recessed fittings and compliant life safety systems were proposed.
Client – Confidential
Type – Residential, Refurbishment
Location – Plymouth, Devon
Status – Feasibility