Disused Commercial Building


Our clients pursued planning consent to demolish this quirky brick building, a former fish store. Demolition was not seen as favourable, so we looked at alternatives to use the existing building. We worked with our client to achieve permission for a ‘change of use’ which was granted by Suffolk Coastal District council planning department.

With this project, the small footprint of the building was our challenge. We had to maximise the space and determine how to install contemporary living facilities, whilst delivering a rentable holiday home.


Firstly, we had to break down and remove the industrial freezer which was housed by the building. Then we stripped the building down to a bare brick shell removing all windows and doors. We completely replaced the roof as it was falling in.

Once the roof was complete, we totally changed the layout and design of the interior. Wiring and plumbing was installed and a log burner installed. We fitted handmade bespoke wooden windows, and using a mixture of new and reclaimed materials, built a customised kitchen and a contemporary bathroom.


This quirky brick building, a former fish store, clients were delighted with their new holiday rental property, made from a redundant and semi-derelict building.

If you are planning a similar development of your own, please contact us and we will be happy to talk you through your project.