Burbank, Glenferness Avenue, Bournemouth

The original building on this site, had been converted from a private residence to nursing home, but in more recent years was used (illegally) as an HMO (House of Multiple Occupancy). Built in approximately 1918, the property later had many unsympathetic extensions, which rather spoiled its visual appearance.

Harlequin Homes were approached by the owner to assist in maximizing the value of either the existing building or potential development on the land. We did extensive feasibility studies to explore the option of converting the property into residential apartments, but the building’s poor structural condition rendered this unviable.

Consequently, Harlequin Homes set about designing a brand new Georgian-style building that would both stand out as a “landmark” in the Conservation Area, and sit sensitively within its pretty sylvan setting.

Subsequently, despite this being a contentious site, Harlequin Homes achieved planning permission for 11 x luxury two-bedroom apartments.

By working closely with local residents, who were largely in favour of the scheme, the local Ward Councilor (also in favour) and a number of expert Heritage consultants, we were able to identify and respond sympathetically to the concerns with redeveloping this building as well as its change of use.

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  • The site is within a Conservation Area. This always increases the complexity of any planning application.
  • Designing an authentic Georgian-style building that enhanced the character of the Conservation Area (over and above the original building). This is an expensive and painstaking task that requires expert advice and architectural skill.
  • Regular consultation meetings with local residents to explain the scheme and consider their concerns and wishes within the design.
  • Demonstrating the non-viability (in financial terms) of converting the existing building.
  • The detailed landscaping scheme involves planting additional semi-mature trees as well as other considered plant species.
  • Seeking the expert (and expensive) advice of several Historic Buildings consultants.

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