Case Study: Bypassing Planning with 'Prior Approval'

December 8, 2017

THE BRIEF:

 

What do you do with a 1960’s office building in a part of Newcastle that is not an attractive proposition for businesses? Would it be possible to sub-divide the upper floor into apartments or student accommodation with a retail / leisure use to the ground floor and re-clad the building with a modern styling? This is the brief that Nicholson Nairn were given.

 

 

INSPIRATION:

 

Once the internal configuration had been developed NNA looked at the exterior façade of the building, taking inspiration from images and materials.

 

 

OUR DESIGN SOLUTION:

 

Combining a mixture of pastel shades with Rockclad rainscreen panels created a colourful dancing pattern, mixed with the uniform layout of panels and windows. The design is practical, cost effective and striking. The Rockclad panels combined with Rocksil insulation behind provide an A1 class spread of flame.

 

 

PLANNING:

 

Once the design had been agreed the scheme was submitted to Newcastle City Council for Prior Approval. Prior Approval came into effect in 2013 and negates the need to submit a Full Planning Application, Prior Approval came into effect in 2013 and ensures that certain buildings can be quickly converted to bring them back into use.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

The building will be highly insulated and energy efficient with new solar panels on the roof. It brings an un-used office building back into use as apartments, close to the centre of Newcastle.

 

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