Historic Bath mill converted into student complex

First show flat in the former 19th century Twerton mill opens this week   The £16.6m scheme, developed by McLaren Property Ltd and delivered byBristol-based Midas Construction, will include 330 student bedrooms within a complex that comprises cluster flats, studio flats, shared town houses and individual rooms. Other facilities will include a gym, games room, laundry…

Victorian Society slams Bishopsgate Goodsyard plans

Following widespread criticism, developer Hammerson may rethink its plans to construct a 15-storey office building and adjacent residential tower block in Shoreditch, which would involve demolition of Victorian railway arches. However, The Victorian Society has called for any revised designs to seriously address the concerns raised by objectors and not just “tinker at the edges”…

Marmite buildings need love too

This week on Building4Change.com, I published a case study about the refurbishment of Guy’s Tower, that impressive hulk of brutalist mid-twentieth century architecture which has dominated the Southwark skyline for the past 40 years. That dominance has been replaced by its new neighbour, the gleaming scalpel-sharp Shard, but Guy’s Tower is still keeping it real,…

EH lists 14 post-war offices

Last month English Heritage added 14 post-war office buildings (1964-1984) to the National Heritage List. The buildings from across England, include banks and company headquarters like Mountbatten House (formerly Gateway House), shown above, which was designed by Arup Associates and built in 1974-76. Roger Bowdler, Director of Designation at English Heritage, said: “These offices show…

Updating a Grade II listed cinema

The transformation of the Shepherds Bush Pavilion into a luxury hotel shows how sympathetic adaptation can lift of a heritage building. The was designed by architect Frank Verity. When the 3,000 seat Shepherds Bush Pavilion, designed by Frank Verity opened in 1923 on the west-side of Shepherds Bush Green, it was the largest picture house…

Code aims to raise insulation standards

Last month Blackpool Council launched a contractors’ code of conduct and guidance for solid wall insulation (SWI) projects to improve quality of work and to help preserve the character of Victorian and Edwardian terraces. Contractors who sign up to the code of conduct will be included on an approved list of SWI contractors. The documents…

BPF backs heritage consultation

The British Property Federation (BPF) has welcomed an English Heritage consultation on future guidance for dealing with planning applications in historic environments. English Heritage is seeking views on three Historic Practice Good Practice Advice Notes published on 11 July. They relate to local plans, decision making and the setting of heritage assets. The notes are…