Peak Architects in-conjunction with Primesite UK, the Sheffield-based property developer, has submitted a planning application to return the former Wake Smith solicitors offices on Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield to their former role as family homes.
The application to develop the vacant villas opposite Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens features plans for four town houses to replace existing ancillary buildings behind the offices, two with four bedrooms and two with five, plus nine apartments within the office building.
Once also the headquarters of Bassett Foods, the building is in a key location opposite the Botanical Gardens where offices and residential houses stand shoulder-to-shoulder.
Primesite UK managing director Scott Hinchliffe said: “This is an extremely high profile site as it’s seen by everyone who passes the Botanical Gardens. Our development therefore has to be sympathetic and respect the area’s history and prime location. We plan to maintain the integrity of what were once grand family homes.
“The site currently includes a 1950’s extension and car parking for 40 cars to the rear infill site which are of no architectural merit, so we plan to replace this with four high-spec town houses in keeping with their neighbours on Rutland Park and Southbourne Road.
“The city desperately needs new family homes to meet the required provision. This site is sustainable and is a rare opportunity for both conversion and new build in South West Sheffield.”
Peak Architects managing director Paul Holden comments on the plan: “Because of the building’s history and position in a highly sought-after residential location we have a responsibility to retain the impressive exterior.
“The new town houses will benefit from the latest technology and sustainability. In converting the former offices back to their original residential use we will achieve a balance between restoration and enhancement, complementing the grandeur of the original building.”