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Flats above shops re-imagined.
The client initially came to us with a requirement for 3-4 units above a major national retailer in place. During feasibility we were able to achieve 15, an increase of the GDV by a factor of 4.
The proposal is for the demolition of upper floors and retention of retail units in situ, and addition of 15 new residential units above and to the rear, creating an unique and calming refuge from the busy central urban area.
The client initially came to us with a requirement for 3-4 units above a major national retailer already in place in a prominent Woolwich location. During feasibility we were able to achieve 15, an increase of the GDV by a factor of 4.
Given the long narrow site footprint, we were able to achieve acceptable overlooking distances and add new dwellings above the rear of the building, a space usually left over and underused all across London high streets. This created an unique and inward-facing calming courtyard refuge from the busy central urban area, redefining what a "flat above a shop" could actually be: an urban refuge in the heart of the city, completely withdrawn from the bustle and stigma of the crowd below.