King Edward Estates
Traditional architecture continues to dominate residential architecture over new build high rise apartments. This is reflected in the value of property prices and also with feedback from estate agents. The taste and wishes of most house buyers is to own something with a little history, some period features, and green space if possible. With limitations in terms of number of period houses available, developers look more and more into converting larger residences or in this case a disused Victorian hospital in order to create residential units with a slice of heritage and grandeur.
Not only does this approach reduce the structural build costs significantly, but agents say that a period property will increase its vale by 20% more than a new build property.
This style of homebuilding is the more environmentally friendly and Brooks Murray specialises in in this type of sustainable restorative approach, working very closely with Heritage consultants and local planning councils to maintain a quality of housing that preserves the positive aesthetics of the surrounding character.
Brooks Murray designed the conversion of Grade II listed former sanatorium with Jekyll designed gardens. The building sits in the midst of 42 hectares of sublime gardens by Gertrude Jekyll. Principle public rooms such as the dining hall and library were carefully restored providing grand and luxurious facilities for the 250 new apartments designed to modern standards. The unique stunning original Chapel building was converted into coffee shop and gymnasium.