A WORCESTER resident has been praised by the City Council for converting empty space above a retail premise into five high quality flats.
Fanos Hira, owner of private investment firm Fogle Investment Ltd, recently oversaw the refurbishment of derelict space above Johnson Cleaners at 5 Mealcheapen Street, transforming it into stylish living quarters.
Mr Hira worked closely with a number of local firms to develop and complete the project, including Glazzard Architects, Adam Drew Building and Groundworks and Rob Bray Electricals.
“I saw the potential to create five high quality one-bedroom apartments in an area that had been unutilised for decades,” said Mr Hira.
“In my view, Worcester’s city centre living is relatively underdeveloped and has significant opportunities for further home creation and revitalisation,” he added.
Coun Louis Stephen, leader of Worcester’s Green Party, said: “Mr Hira has demonstrated how, with commitment and imagination, empty space above shops can be converted in to much-sought after, attractive living space in the heart of the city.
“Worcester City Council would like to encourage more conversions like this, giving a greater number of people the opportunity to live close to all the city centre’s vibrant facilities, whilst reducing their carbon footprint considerably in the process.”
Coun Geoff Williams, cabinet member for economic prosperity and growth, said: “There’s a real opportunity for those in a position to convert and let city centre premises to make a good return on their investment, because demand for urban accommodation in Worcester is on the increase.”
Call the council on 01905 722233 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on flat conversions.