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MARCH 2024


368 m2


Demolition of storage building, conversion of an existing workshop/storage building into new workshop, offices, stores and construction of parking courtyard for the Liversage Trust in Derby.

The site at 21 Alice Street, Derby is part of the Nottingham Road Conservation Area and is part of the property portfolio of the Liversage Trust; Derby’s oldest charity. The Trust also own the adjacent Nottingham Road affordable housing estate.

The building was converted by the insertion of a new staircase and lift to access the first floor. A new ground floor entrance was created and a separate spiral stair fire escape installed. The first floor is laid to offices, there is a reception area, toilet facilities, kitchen, offices and meeting room.

At ground floor the conversion provides space for the joinery/estate’s maintenance workshop, together with wc and mess room for staff. Some outbuildings were removed to form the parking courtyard, creating increased parking areas for staff.

The design intention was to retain the character of the existing building by the retention of existing features. This includes the internal queen post roof trusses, which were cleaned up and exposed within the open plan office space. The external windows and doors are similar in appearance to the original Crittall type steel windows. These have thin glazing bars and sections whilst complying with Building Regulations. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels have been fitted to the roof to reduce the demand for mains electricity as much as possible.

The new space will provide the charity with the space it requires for the administration and management staff to be on the same site as the workshop/maintenance teams for the first time. It will offer clients a better standard of service plus it will return accommodation that can be converted to additional homes at the London Road site.

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