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Turning a derelict art-deco office block into state-of-the-art accommodation.
Harnessing the power of their trans-disciplinary team, AECOM turned a Grade 2* listed building into modern residential property.
The headquarters of a vacuum cleaner company might not be obvious candidate for Grade 2* listing. However, after the high-profile demolition of the Firestone factory, attention turned to protecting the nearby Hoover offices from the same fate.
Left vacant for over a decade, the offices were in danger of becoming yet another disused brownfield site – so AECOM were tasked with turning them into high-spec suburban apartments fit for the 21st century.
Working with listed property comes with major challenges. However, pulling together a diverse team of construction professionals, AECOM were able to innovate novel approaches to property conversion.
For example, to install new levels between the existing floor slabs, AECOM designed a timber frame which could support the additional load whilst being hidden within period-style walls. The end result was a characterful, modern and high-quality residential property which retained the building’s original and distinctive art deco stylings.