Bedford Place | Maidstone, Kent

Project type: Grade II Listed Conversion + Sustainable New Build
Client: Mill Street Properties
GIA: 560 m2
Status: Scheme sold with planning consent
Services: Planning & Listed Building Applications,
  Architectural Design, Project Coordination

This charming 17th century timber frame dwelling was relocated to its current location near the centre of Maidstone in the 19th century. At that time, a brick house was developed and connected to the timber structure. Later, in the mid 20th century, a poor quality single storey extension was erected by the Council to the rear of the property. In recent years, the building was used as offices and fell into neglect, narrowly avoiding demolition, prior to its Grade II listing in 1974. We were asked by a client to bring this handsome building back to life and to secure Planning and Listed Building consents for its refurbishment and conversion.

To maximise the potential of this brownfield site, we obtained approval for the conversion of the main building to seven flats and for the demolition of the modern extension, which allowed for the erection of two new build semi-detached houses designed to achieve level 5 of CfSH. New layout allowed for off street parking, while inventive window design alleviated any overlooking.