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1980’s Office Block to New York Style Lofts

The conversion of office buildings into residential properties in some of Central London's most coverted areas is quickly becoming commonplace.

Image © Alchemi Group

Changing the use of a property, particularly from office block to residential dwelling, within Central London, is one of the Industry’s hottest topics at the moment.  Many developers are identifying disused office stock and creating luxury residences across the Capital.

One such company, is property developer Alchemi Group, who recognised the potential to convert an existing 1980’s office block, into New York City style loft apartments, due to the 2.9m floor to ceiling heights, 5m window bays and the views down Victoria Street in Central London.

The conversion, situated on 55 Victoria Street, opposite New Scotland Yard, will house 54 luxury apartments, ranging from oversized studios to four duplex penthouses, with 360 degree views.   Currently at 57,000sq ft, the building will be vertically extended by up to six additional storeys, totalling 74,000sq ft with retail and banking units remaining occupied on the ground floor.

As with all ‘change in use’ building projects, 55 Victoria Street poses many significant engineering challenges for the team at Mason Navarro Pledge.  These include reconfiguration of the stability system, load increase justification, extensions with complex interface issues and a new façade designed by Stiff and Trevillion Architects.  For us it’s exciting to work with such a talented design and construction team and inspired client, in order to work through these challenges and produce such a high quality end product!