Planning Approval for Office Building Conversion in Newham

Mark Fairhurst Architects are excited to announce we have recently received planning approval for the conversion of an office building at 585 Barking Road in Plaistow, Newham.
The building is a former late Victorian detached villa with two storeys, an attic and basement levels which had been converted to a hotel. The site also includes a single storey former garage to the rear which was used for storage and refuse.

Front Elevation of Barking Road

Planning consisted of a Prior Approval application to obtain a change of use for the building to residential 6 flats. Subsequently a full Planning Application was submitted for the extension to the existing building at ground level with new dormer windows and skylights for the attic, along with alterations to the flank windows and new entrance light well to the rear.

View towards courtyard

A new building is proposed to the rear housing two additional flats over two floors including a maisonette. The rear of the façade is modelled around an existing boundary wall and the massing is stepped back to respect the amenity to the neighbouring residential gardens. Internally the two flats benefit from spacious living spaces with large industrial scaled windows, skylights and clerestory windows.

The existing parking area is proposed to be transformed with a new landscaped courtyard linking the new and existing buildings providing amenity space along with cycle parking for residents.

Proposed Aerial View of 585 Barking Road

The design of the extensions to the existing building are proposed to be sympathetic to the original house with similar proportion windows, doors and cladding. The new build flats reflect a more industrial aesthetic with metal windows and grey brickwork.