New image released shows what quirky Northampton shop conversion into student flats will look like

Dishey 101 Ltd, the planning applicant, has said the conversion is going to be a "significant benefit for the town"

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 5:24 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 10:51 pm

The companies working on the old Most Marvellous Emporium conversion into student accommodation have released a new image of what the site will look like, and they have also given an update about the neighbouring listed War Memorial and Unitarian Chapel.

The plans to partly demolish and convert the Kettering Road shop to make way for a cluster of student flats, which will contain 28 bedrooms in total, were recently given the green light by Northampton Borough Council (NBC).

Additionally, the ground floor area of the Orient House building, which is were Most Marvellous Emporium was based in, will be refurbished to provide two retail units on the Kettering road.

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This is what the Wellingborough Road side of the building will look like
This is what the Wellingborough Road side of the building will look like

Danny Innes, who is the director at Dishey 101 Ltd, the planning applicant, has said the conversion is going to be a "significant benefit for the town".

Mr Innes said: “It is fantastic news that the project has secured planning permission and we are excited to see GSS’ plans [the architects] come to fruition. It’s always great to have the opportunity to redevelop a disused site in an important town centre location, creating something that is going to bring significant benefit for the town.”

While Orient House itself is not a listed building, it sits within the Boot and Shoe Conservation Area, between the Unitarian Chapel and War Memorial, which are both listed.

GSS Architecture said it carefully developed its designs, considering suitability of materials and overall appearance within this conservation area.

This is what the Kettering Road side will look like

Tom Jagger, associate and architect leading the project at GSS Architecture, said: “We are delighted to be working on another exciting project, which continues GSS’ long history of Northampton town centre regeneration schemes.

"Bringing students closer to the town centre will position them closer to amenities, with the added benefit of helping to increase footfall on the high street. With planning approval now granted, we can look forward to the project progressing further.”

To keep up to date with the progress of this project and others that GSSArchitecture are currently working on, or for details on how to get in touch to discuss your upcoming project, please visit www.gssarchitecture.com