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Construction of 5 new studio flats, renovation of 32 existing studios and shared roof terrace.
Our client is one of Norway’s largest property management companies. They have recently taken an interest in developing their sites and so started off by wanting to fully renovate a building that contained short-term tenancies of studio flats. We saw opportunities to increase the number of units beyond our brief of a simple uplift to the finishes. The rear of the site was a basement courtyard offering little value. We designed a five-storey, standalone structure that would share the existing vertical circulation. In addition, we realised that the ground floor commercial space could be reduced in size creating larger maisonettes from the small studios. The final uplift to the building was a roof terrace which offered a desirable vantage over the rest of Oslo. The revenue from the five new flats would offset the renovation of the existing 32 studios. The planning process in Norway is in many ways more onerous than here in the UK. Our scheme needed a structural design, envelope details and energy calculations. The scheme was applauded during the pre-application review and is currently with the client for Planning.