• Extension and Refurbishment in Hove

    Extension and Refurbishment in Third Avenue, Hove

    We are about to start on site with our project in Third Avenue Hove, where we are creating a duplex flat in a Conservation Area.

    The existing ground floor flat sits above an unused and damp storage room.  Shape Architecture has obtained planning permission to create habitable accommodation out of the storage room and link it via an internal stair to the flat above.  Our planning permission also includes the formation of a lightwell to the front to allow more light into the property and general redesign of the existing ground floor area to provide a new kitchen and re-worked bathrooms.

    The project has now been worked up in technical detail and following a competitive tender process has been awarded to Sussex Building Services.

    Shape Architecture worked closely with the Heritage team at the planning office in forming new terraces and windows to this prominent building.  Great care was taken with the choice of brick and the detailing of the sliding sash windows.



    Shape Architecture brought its expertise of basement design having worked on over 40 now to the project, alongside our portfolio of works to listed buildings which help the design and detailing of those elements that were important to within the Conservation Area.




    Our Client at Third Avenue writes:


    I have been super impressed with every aspect of the service from Shape Architecture

    I had quite a complex project where I was planning to turn my flat into a Duplex.  My property is part of a large Victorian building, and my intention was to connect the flat to the basement below, digging into the floor to raise the ceiling height and creating a new bedroom and bathroom.  The works required underpinning and legal agreement from all parties within my building, alongside this I also needed consent from the council as I lived in a Conservation Area.

    The team at Shape led the way for me to secure all of the above, with little if no effort from myself.  They were at hand at every stage of the project providing a friendly, professional service where nothing seeing too much trouble.

    Having never done a project of this size I was constantly on the phone or emailing Shape but this was not a problem at all, the team made me feel at ease and explained everything clearly for me to understand and made me feel 100% comfortable with what was happening.

    I cannot personally recommend the team at Shape more highly and I have been so pleased with every aspect of their service – a telling sign (for me) was all the people around the project from the party wall surveyor to the building team etc, etc did not have anything but praise for Shape as well.