This Grade II listed building on Mill street in Maidstone is a fine example of a modernist motorcar showroom and workshop design. Unique for its time due to its grand scale, town-centre location and picturesque setting adjacent to the Len Mill pond on the River Len.
The building, owned by Rootes Ltd, which at the time was the largest motor retailer in the UK was built between 1937-1938 by Howard & Souster, an architectural firm who specialised in industrial and commercial building. In April 1938 when the facility opened, the showroom was considered one of the largest and most modern in the country.
Fast forward almost 80 years and we were approached by a client to put forward a proposal to convert this building into residential and retail space. All of the reasons given to obtain its Grade II listing, in addition to a significant proportion of the building retaining it’s original ‘Art Deco’ fabric makes this an attractive offer for town-centre living.
In total 42 apartments have been created; 32 two beds, and 5 one beds. A light-weight, glazed modern structure added to the top of existing building has created 12 loft apartments, all with full height glazing and private terrace. In addition to the apartments the proposed renovation will also include a gym, winter-garden, parking and a 900 sqm retail space.