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Conversion of 19th century Co-operative Hall into affordable housing apartments
We were appointed as architects leading a programme of repairs and conversion of the 19th century building into community housing apartments.
The three storey Co-operative Hall built in 1880 served the expanding community in Longridge during the latter half of the 19th century. The building originally contained a savings bank, reading room and library in addition to shops and stores. Concerts and entertainment were also held in the Hall which could accommodate up to 800 people.
We were appointed to prepare a development study for the building in 2003. We found a building only partially used at ground floor level, with the fabric in serious decay. Our work therefore initially focused on a condition survey outlining repair work, then developing our Client's brief to convert the upper floors into affordable housing providing 16 two bedroomed apartments on the first and second floors of the building.