Live Work, Warehouse conversion.
OCRA have been commissioned to convert a dis-used warehouse and office into living accommodation for a large family, who will utilise the existing office building to run their business – Impact for Change – a limited company with social enterprise principles which provides various residential childcare provisions for vulnerable young people who are experiencing social, emotional, and mental health difficulties.
The site had an existing planning permission to demolish the existing building and replace this with three new homes, prior to our clients purchase of the site. OCRA are of the opinion that ‘the greenest building is the one that already exists’. Elongating the lifecycle of the existing structure is more environmentally conscious, capturing carbon and reducing impacts on the wider supply chain. Our hope is that instead of demolishing a usable structure (where its contents will go to landfill) and replacing it with three new dwellings, (all requiring new materials), it is felt to be advantageous to work with the existing structure which already sits comfortably in its context and has an embodied energy. As a result of this sustainable ambition, working with the client we developed a series of initial concepts to test the viability of the site retaining the main parts of the structure and then submitted to Torridge District council to work through the pre application process. BY undertakign this pre planning assesment witht he council OCRA were able to progress the design with more certainty de-risking the process as much as feasible for our client.