Private Sector Sector

Former NIAB Building Flats, Cambridge.

Private Sector

Former NIAB Building Flats, Cambridge.

Formerly the National Institute of Agricultural Botany offices and laboratories,  Coulson Building Group was appointed by a local developer to convert the 1920s building into a block of modern studio and one bedroom apartments of which will be managed and rented through a management company. This phase was the first of many for the client and this plot of land.

The building was stripped internally of all fixture and fittings taking it back to its original structure.  The design was based around the existing building to utilise its wing and central core to form entrance ways, corridors and bedrooms which fitted symmetrically into the structure. The building was brought upto current building regulations including a vast amount of compartmentalisation within the roof space and the separate apartments. Each apartment was accessed through a fob entry system which made way for a compact one bedroom apartment which housed a small kitchen, ensuite and space for a wardrobe and desk.

Surprisingly the externals of the old building were in extremely good condition and therefore minimal works were required. A total re roof utilising the existing tiles was implemented along with a total replacement of the windows and external doors.  A new underground drainage system was installed to take the waste from the 68nr flats and attenuation tank installed to comply with the SUD requirements. Upon completion of the building works, the surrounding trees were cut back with new lawn laid and fencing erected to complete the new look for the site.

Former NIAB Building Flats, Cambridge. Gallery
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