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Office partitioning preserves superb period detail

Posted by Trevor
May 29, 2012 in Retail

A Leicestershire property developer has submitted exciting plans for the conversion of a row of Victorian buildings into 47 luxury apartments. The buildings are sited in the centre of the city of Leicester and form part of a wider regeneration scheme for the surrounding area.

One of the first jobs facing developer Indi Johal is to remove the  office partitioning  office partitioning installed when the elegant buildings were converted into functional office space for use by the local authority.

Originally the Constitution Club and the Poor Law Office, the Grade II listed buildings have seen a series of different occupants since they were built, but have been empty for up to fifteen years since the last tenants left. Despite internal alterations to accommodate different tenants throughout the years, the original features have not been disturbed and many remain hidden but intact behind the extensive office partitioning. Each building boasts a large entrance hall and an impressive staircase with a stone balustrade and a number of other uniquely Victorian ornamental decoration.

Mr. Johal purchased the buildings from Leicester City Council and, as they are of historic interest, must work closely with English Heritage to ensure that the façade and other elements of the buildings are not altered. Involving Maber Associates, a firm of Leicester architects to co-ordinate his plans, Mr. Johal has been encouraged by the broad support he has received for his initial proposals from English Heritage during joint discussions with the city council’s advisory committee for conservation matters.

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