Joe Carr

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David Lock Associates has secured planning permission, on behalf of their client CEG (Commercial Estates Group), to convert a prime Milton Keynes office building into a 124-bed boutique hotel.

25,000 sq.ft. of Norfolk House, which is located off Silbury Boulevard, will be converted from office to hotel use with the remaining space continuing as offices.

DLA prepared a Design and Access Statement to set out how the hotel conversion could be accommodated within the four-storey building with minimum changes to the external fabric.

The limited external works proposed to the 1970s glazed building as part of the hotel conversion will respect the existing design and character of the building.

Constructed in 1979, Norfolk House is one of the more distinctive buildings of Central Milton Keynes and as such is locally listed as a heritage asset due to its architectural value.

Richard Brooks, Investment Manager at CEG, said: “The addition of a hotel use at this site will create a more active mix of uses and will make a positive contribution to improving the vitality of the town centre.”

Will Cousins, Design Director at DLA, explained: “This is an important proposal to create a new use for one of the MK’s key architectural assets and to provide important hotel accommodation to serve the growing needs of Central Milton Keynes.”