One of Bridgnorth’s historic buildings has been given a new lease of life, thanks to an eco-friendly conversion.
A building that had lain largely empty in the centre of Bridgnorth for many years has now been given a new lease of life by an expanding local business.
The Old Police Station in Whitburn Street was acquired by principals of Stanton Ralph & Co, and has been converted into new offices for the practice, transforming a redundant site into a modern and resourceful building.
Bridgnorth architect Vic Johnson of the Johnson Design Partnership created radical designs for the building to create an extremely eco-friendly and efficient working environment.
Three Pines Builders of Wolverhampton carried out the conversion and extension work, and Midland Computers of Telford installed the latest IT facilities.
Philip Wood, principal of Stanton Ralph & Co said: “Stanton Ralph & Co are absolutely delighted to be moving into new bespoke premises at the start of August, right on schedule.
“The transformation of the building is every bit as good as we originally envisaged and our thanks go to the architects and builders for their efforts on the project.
“The Old Police Station is now one of the best office facilities in Bridgnorth and will enable us to continue serving our clients from a modern, functional location within the town centre, which has its own parking.”
Architect Vic Johnson commented: “The idea was to turn it from a place of incarceration into a place of natural ventilation! This was managed by creating a design which avoids using any form of air conditioning and relying purely on a stack effect natural air flow system.
“A rundown courtyard has been transformed into the focal point with a central entrance area and atrium, bringing space and natural daylight into the core of the building.
“We are extremely proud to have been involved in this creative and green project, completing both on budget and to the exacting standards set by Stanton Ralph.”
Alan Bradshaw, managing director of Three Pines, added: “We were very pleased to undertake this outstanding conversion scheme which has produced a truly modern and very eco-friendly building, while at the same time remaining sympathetic to the surrounding area.”
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