Portfolio of Richard Dawson, RIBA architect based in Bingley, West Yorkshire, providing architectural services and project management.

Developing a derelict pub into houses and flats

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

Site layout

Site layout

Brief: The developer wanted to transform a derelict public house and next door launderette on a compact urban site into a housing scheme.  The development required “change of use” from commercial to housing and had to meet social housing requirements and offer a varied mix of houses and flats.  The planning authority required any new buildings reflect the scale and size of the original public house constructed with a basement and three upper floors.

Solution: Demolish the public house and launderette to maximise the land’s potential.  R Dawson Architect gained detailed planning approval with conditions for a scheme incorporating a total of 12 houses and flats, all suitable for sale or rent: It has a secure communal entrance with flats on ground , first and second floors comprising six two-bedroomed, three person flats, three one-bedroomed, two person flats, (including one flat accessible to wheelchair users) and three three-bedroomed family houses.   All the accommodation has designated parking.  Walls and fences with soft landscaping created a pleasing aesthetic as well as complying with police “secure by design” best practice.  The layout and design of the buildings was in keeping with the scale of the public house they were to replace.

Site sections

Site sections

Flats Elevations

Flats elevations