At Mackenzie Smith we have the privilege of dealing with many new developments and watching them unfold. It was has been an immense pleasure to witness the recent redevelopment of The Convent in Farnborough, from offices, to a luxurious apartment building.
Not so long ago, we asked Michael Arnold from JIT, the developers working on the project, for his thoughts on the whole experience;
“Property development for us is a passion and we are in the fortunate position to be very selective in the projects we undertake and feel privileged to be able to contribute to a built environment that will last for generations to come. When we first viewed The Convent in Farnborough, we were addicted to the substance and heritage of this amazing Victorian building and immediately knew that we wanted to give a sustainable future to the building. So the journey began and as we had a track record of restoring historic buildings, gaining achievement awards along the way, we became the vendors’ favoured bidder and in just a matter of days we found ourselves the new owners of one of the few buildings of historic interest in Farnborough.
Over the following two years we used all of our experience and ingenuity to convert this majestic building into 14 apartments, each with its own individuality and character. Our challenge as always has been to blend our enthusiasm to create something very different within the inherent construction regulations and of course the aspirations of our future buyers. Each residence is individual and has been the subject of many hours of debate, as we strive to create the best possible living spaces within the confines of the existing architecture. We continued to refine our specifications, maintain our attention to detail and feel very confident that purchasers will appreciate their new homes”.
We very much look forward to seeing what JIT has in store for their next development. Until then, you are still able to be part of this iconic building as the pièce de résistance, The Chapel House, is available to let through us. Truly inspirational and unique, this exceptional residence presents a living space of 51ft set under a vaulted ceiling of some 17ft. Formed from the original Chapel, the living space encompasses a well equipped kitchen and seating and dining areas. There are also three bedrooms, two en suites and a large media room, all in walking distance of the two and main line station.