Redeveloping Listed buildings is much trickier than dealing with properties that don’t have protected status. The additional protection means that work needs to keep alterations to the property to a minimum, making every effort at preservation. This can restrict the work that can be done and creates obstacles and challenges the developer needs to overcome.
This exact thing will happen if proposals to redevelop the Grade II Listed St. Leonards House in Lancaster get the go ahead. Developers want to transform the old council building into new student accommodation. The project would see the creation of 180 rooms for rent.
The property has a lot of history and is an iconic building in the town. It was originally a furniture factory before being transformed into an office block. This was used by Lancaster City Council for several years. It was granted Listed status in 1970.
The proposals for the redevelopment will see the original stone frontage of the property preserved and no significant alterations to the structure. The only work will be partial demolition of some levels and the upper roof. Both should not be noticeable from the exterior.
With work like this great effort needs to be made to ensure that the structure is retained effectively. This is particularly true when partial demolition work is being done. To keep the structure stable and prevent uncontrolled collapses suitable propping and temporary works are needed. They must be put in place before any other work begins. Special props may also be needed to ensure the facade is retained.
Utilising props and temporary works is even more essential when structural alterations are being done on properties in busy urban areas like town and city centres. In these settings an accident could have wide reaching consequences, including putting neighbouring properties and members of the public at risk.
At Denon Construction we understand the challenges of structural alterations, whether they are in city centres or rural areas. We have the skills to maximise stability and keep risks to a minimum. Additionally we have experience of working on Listed buildings and the additional restrictions they impose on project. We can find the right solution for every client.