A housing association is working with an interior fit-out company to convert an empty office block in Basingstoke to new residential accommodation.
Sentinel Housing Association (SHA) has partnered with FSL Interiors UK to convert Dextra Court, situated close to the town centre. The office building is being converted to residential use under ‘permitted development rights, which means a full planning application for the project isn’t required.
“By redeveloping an existing building, we are able to get on site quickly and turn around new homes in approximately eight months. The added benefit is that by using a local contractor whose tradespeople are all Basingstoke-based, we’re also helping to boost the local economy,” said Mike Shepherd, SHA’s development and regeneration director.
Steve Coull, commercial director at FSL, added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Sentinel on this exciting project. Our long term design and build experience working in commercial office space and delivering high quality fit-out projects gives us a great understanding of how to get the best from redundant buildings.
“Having our own in-house design and build team not only means that we have full control but also allows us to be super competitive and deliver projects in a fast track manner. As all of our build team and several of the design team live in Basingstoke, we also have an especially happy workforce who are enjoying the local commute.”
The 56 apartments are expected to be completed by October and will be made available for market rent.