around 5 open internal courtyards, providing approximately 38,600 sqm gross of floorspace. A substantial amount of this building remained vacant since the early 1990’s when the DHSS largely vacated the premises. (iii) former Acton Crown Court, essentially a single-storey square shaped building to the east of Bromyard House, constructed circa 1930 and currently unusable in its semi-derelict condition, (iii) miscellaneous ancillary buildings comprising brick and concrete structures located mainly on the east side of the existing main building. There are also extensive areas of hard surfacing and car parking mainly on the north and east part of the site with mainly open landscaped areas surrounding buildings on the remainder.
The surrounding area is characterised by a mix of different land uses and architectural styles with residential buildings immediately to the south, north and east of the site. To the south of the site is a residential block, Shillaker Court, fronting a one-way section of road, ‘The Crescent’, leading from Bromyard Avenue to the Uxbridge Road (The Vale). There are a substantial number of mature trees along the common boundary of Bromyard House and Shillaker Court. The Vale (A4020) is a secondary road, which lies to the south of the site. Between the crescent and The Vale is a small area of open space. North of the site are 3 5-storey, flat roof, 1960’s residential blocks of flats at right angles to the site. To the west lies Bromyard Avenue, a row of semi-detached 2-storey houses and The Vale Housing Estate; the Virgin Active Sports Club, allotment gardens and waste ground further west and north of Bromyard Avenue. To the east and north east, the area is primarily residential, but comprises a mix of styles, ranging from semi-detached turn of the century properties to medium rise blocks of flats in Sir Alexander Road and Close. The rear gardens of properties on the west side of Third Avenue abut part of the east boundary of the site, where there is a row of mature trees.
The scheme approved on 3/10/03 and now partially implemented comprises the following:-
The proposal comprises the conversion and extension of the existing 5-storey former Government Office building known as Bromyard House, into 366 residential flats. This conversion is made up of 38x1-bed flats, 2 studio flats and 14 x 2-bed flats at ground floor (including 22 ‘affordable’ units), 33x1-bed flats, 2x studio flats, 31x2-bed flats and 5x3-bed flats at first, second and third floors (including 23 ‘affordable’ units on each floor), 18x1-bed flats and 13x2-bed flats for private rent at fourth floor and 57x2-bed flats and 11x3-bed flats over fourth and fifth floors. A roof top extension was proposed, providing the upper floor to double-height penthouse accommodation on the fourth and fifth floors. Minor alterations to the exterior of the building to create new entrances at the centre of the west and east elevations. The southern end of Bromyard House at ground and first to third floors is to be retained for general office use within Class B1a.
14 live work units were provided in the centre of the ground floor. A reception, creche and gymnasium facilities for residents will be incorporated in a new top-lit covered area within the central internal courtyard. The new entrances to the building will be located mid way along both the east and west facades. 4 of the existing internal courtyards will provide amenity space for residents of Bromyard House.
New Residential on Third Avenue
A terrace like block of 20 flats is proposed along the west side of Third Avenue, adjacent to the existing properties at Nos. 1-23. These comprise 10x1-bed flats at ground floor and 10x2-bed flats/maisonettes at first floors with a bedroom in the loftspace. These units have shared amenity space to the rear. All of these proposed units are intended to be ‘affordable’.
New Residential on North Boundary
Three 3-storey blocks of 24 flats are proposed on a raised deck to the north of the site. Each block comprises 7x2-bed flats and 1x3-bed flats they are accessible at ground floor with ramped access and internal lift. All proposed units are proposed to be ‘affordable’.
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