Office conversion to flats: St Edmunds House, Northampton

St Edmunds house is a two storey office building right at the heart of Northampton town centre. Constructed in the 1980’s as a steel frame, brickwork clad structure, it was fully in use as offices until the last few years in which downturn and a surplus of office accommodation in Northampton made it difficult to rent.

The first floor has been converted into 6 two bed flats while the ground floor remains as offices. The front entrance is shared with the offices with an alternative entrance from the rear car park. The internal walls were all lightweight studwork with double stud separating walls to comply with sound insulation requirements. Acoustic ventilators were fitted to all flats to comply with planning conditions for acoustic control.

The adaptation has proven to be very successful with all flats being let immediately after construction, mainly by employees of the local hospital.