The brief was particularly challenging as the clients wanted to convert the existing house into HMO, but due to Article 4 governing the site as well as a plethora of HMO surrounding the site, this was not a particularly viable option. The proposal to split the property into flats would be supported by the planners especially as it is in a reasonably sustainable location, and provided some amenity space was provided along with bike and waste bin storage within the curtilage.
However, the client was keen to develop this site into a 7 bed HMO and AG design was appointed as the architectural designers for concept and design development. The site was elongated with not much open area. With the increase in the volume of the house, an additional staircase was introduced with strategically placed bathrooms, common area and kitchen as well as efforts were made to ensure sufficient open space was available for the habitants.