Planning consent has now been secured and work is underway to reinstate 71 High Street, Stony Stratford after the building suffered catastrophic fire damage and was subsequently demolished in May 2016.
Stony Stratford, and in particular the High Street, has a strong historic character protected by its Conservation Area designation. It was important that the design should consider and respond appropriately to the surrounding buildings, respecting both the previous building’s Grade II listed status and the Conservation Area. The building’s prominent position meant that reinstating many of the features and maintaining the quality of the original street frontage was key to the thought process behind developing the design.
The new development reinstates the building at the same scale as the original; a 2.5 storey street front and a two storey projecting rear gable. The built form to the rear has been rationalised and the opportunity taken to provide a more succinct and compliant internal layout. Floor levels have been set at levels reflecting those of the original demolished building, whilst including for the provision of modern construction methods and current building regulation standards.
We have sought to reflect the original character of 71 High Street and will reinstate much of the detailing unique to it.
The new building will include retail space (A1) on the ground floor and residential (C3), providing one 2 bedroom apartment at first floor level and one 1 bedroom apartment at second floor level.