Fort Dunlop
Fort Dunlop is an example of how close working client, architect + builder relationships can transform a derelict, forgotten building and re-invent an area of the city. This has been achieved through a speculative and flexible approach to use, budget and final occupation, whilst preserving the existing fabric and rigorously enforcing a series of bold, strong, design principles. Since 1999 the architect and developer have worked in partnership to bring the derelict storage warehouse back to life and in 2003 a financially viable proposal was agreed, with the regional development agency Advantage West Midlands, for speculative office use. However, this brief and associated planning consent also allowed for adaption to contain residential, hotel and mixed retail use dependent on market interest. The existing building (designed by Sidney Stott and W W Gibbings) was built in the early 1920's as a tyre store for the neighbouring factories but had been derelict since the 1980's. The structure's depth of 52m and 5m column grid made the task of adaption to a new use problematic. Many developers had proposed ideas but none were advanced beyond concept design. The delivered solution was to develop a few simple design moves, which enhance the existing structure through an approach of discerning conservation and clearly express the new insertions that transform the building's appearance and use. 1

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