Public conveniences become private dwelling space

A UK architect, Laura Clark, recently carried out an unusual renovation project.

She transformed a set of disused public toilets into a one-bedroom home.

The subterranean lavatories were built in the 1920s in Lambeth, London, and Clark managed to convert the derelict 600 square foot space on a budget of only £65,000.

A modern apartment was the result, with a contemporary kitchen, light-filled living space and richly-decorated bathroom. Tiles from the original toilet block were re-used in the kitchen and a mirror was reclaimed for use in the living area.

Such adaptive reuse of disused properties can be more economical and less wasteful, in terms of resources, than demolishing and rebuilding. It can also help to maintain links with an area’s architectural past.

Old properties such as the Lambeth toilets often occupy sites where there are few available locations for building, and refurbishment makes use of such prime spots without compromising the appearance of what may be historic places.

On the Wirral, sensitive refurbishment work was recently carried out at the Shippons Inn, an Irby pub housed inside a Grade II-listed building. The modernisation was carried out while preserving the historic integrity of the building but, interestingly, the pub itself represents another example of adaptive reuse, as it was created from a structure originally used for another purpose: a cow shed.

For anyone who is interested in transforming an existing property in the area into either something more modern or for a different use, it makes sense to consult an architect on the Wirral to ensure a favourable result.

Posted by Mark
June 5, 2014

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