Plans have been submitted by Hockley Developments for the conversion of what was originally a Victorian factory into 26 apartments.
The building has been altered extensively over the years into offices, however the conversion does not comply with modern regulations for office space use, which has left the offices at just over a 50% occupation rate.
The new development on Holland Street, in Nottingham, will see the existing offices stripped out of the building to make way for modern one and two bedroom apartments.
A design statement reads: “The development will respond to local character and history by maintaining the building’s period aesthetics and features wherever possible. Any changes made to the elevations will be necessary to transform the internal of the building into habitable spaces.
“Fundamentally, the proposed design scheme will relate the building to the dense residential terraces opposite. The local character and history of the area will not be at a detriment as the buildings historic structure will be maintained as a landmark.
“The proposed works to be carried out on the property will have a positive effect on the local economy by providing accommodation for young professionals trying to work in or around Nottingham city centre, given the short commute from Hyson Green. The size of the scheme will also provide a need for a significant local contracting workforce. Residents of the apartments are likely to shop locally and use the other facilities and amenities in the locality benefitting the vitality and viability of the District Centre and local businesses.
“Furthermore, the offices at Westbridge House has over 50% vacant office space and the warehouse storage spaces are not being fully utilised. This is due to the buildings’ current configuration, amenities and level of finish not complying with modern regulations for use as office space. We believe that the residential conversion would maximise the usage of these vacant spaces to its full potential as new, attractive dwellings.”