As retail and commercial architects, we have often been asked to work with difficult sites where a standard retail or commercial solution has been unacceptable. We commonly meet and work with Planning Officers and / or Conservation Officers across the West Midlands to create or refurbish a building that is individual to the site but still meets the needs of the client or developer.
The well-known German supermarket brand Lidl has been a frequent client of ours in recent years, and we have worked on several stores around the West Midlands, including in Alum Rock and further afield in Bath, where we revitalised a listed building to make a local shopping landmark – you can find out more about our work with Lidl here.
Conservation area and listed building retail projects
In a more rural scheme, Chase Homes commissioned us to design the redevelopment of the former Gordon Russell Works set in the beautiful Cotswold village of Broadway.
The design evolved through considerable consultation with the local planning authority and English Heritage, given the complexity of the site, and its location in a conservation area and an AONB.
The mixed use development included retail, commercial and residential accommodation including the design of a Budgens store located around a new town square.
Back in Birmingham, nother of our projects as retail and commercial architects involved refurbishing a scheme in Moseley. These buildings consisted of a mixture of shops and offices, all in a very poor state of repair caused by lacking maintenance and neglect.
Located in the heart of Moseley Village and the Moseley conservation area, the brief for this project was a mixture of new build residential and conversion, and also retail space for Sainsbury’s in addition to office space.
Leisure and hospitality projects
At Quorn Grange Hotel in the East Midlands, we designed a new extension to this popular hotel, as well as a contemporary new nursery, mewshouses and refurbished an office block to make sure that Quorn Grange can carry on its fantastic educational work well into the future.
At Longford Marina, near Coventry, our brief was to design a use for a patch of unused land that was problematic for the local community – to which end we designed a 225-berth marina and light industrial park, providing employment, housing and leisure for the local community.
We also worked on refurbishing the prestigious Michelin-starred restaurant Simpsons, creating a new orangery for diners, as well as staff and guest accommodation in this listed building in Edgbaston – one of our most impressive and visible projects.
From these projects, you can see that our experience in retail and commercial architecture has focussed on mid-scale mixed-use developments in suburban and semi-rural settings as a sustainable way to improve and integrate the different needs residents, workers and developers have. These complex projects are a real test of our expertise and knowledge, but have given us a fantastic portfolio of work.
If you have a commercial or retail project in the West Midlands that you’re looking to get off the ground, come to Lapworth Architects. Give us a call on 0121 455 0032 and see how we can help you get a fantastic return on your investment.
Why Lapworth Architects?
Our 20+ years of work mean great design and good relationships with planning departments across the region to give our projects the best chance of getting your planning permission and starting building.
Your budget is tailored to your needs so you’re always on top of your costs. We’re proud to offer excellent value for money for our services, from design and planning right through to build.
Our breadth of knowledge makes us an efficient and sustainable choice of local architect, and we have a real vested interest in improving our own built environment right here in the West Midlands.
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