Victoria Avenue

High-End Kitchen Extension & Loft Conversion


Build Date: March 2022




Purley Oaks


Croydon Council

Design Brief

Our design brief was for a side & rear extension, loft conversion and internal alterations. 

The side and rear extension would also incorporate a new bedroom with a shower room.

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Rob B
Private Client


For this Development Project we worked alongside XP Property to bring together an extension and conversion of a former police station to form three dwellings and a commercial office space.

This project lies in the heart of Sonning Common which is near the Chiltern Hills, South Oxfordshire.  It is located near a busy parade of shops and next to a local primary school.  It was a vacant former police office and attached three-bedroom house that would have housed the pollice wardens.

The site is constrained in terms of trees and neighbouring gardens to the rear, and neighbouring properties within close proximity.  The proposals consist of:

– 1 x One bedroom maisonette

– 1 x Two bedroom house

 – 1 x Three bedroom house

– 1 x Commercial office which was sold to a local Volunteering company (FISH Volunteering Centre, Sonning Common)

The properties will also have access to:

– Parking

– Amenity Space

 – Landscaped gardens

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The Figures

– Purchase Cost (inc. legals and SDLT) = £461,000

– Development Costs = £450,000

– Gross Development Value = £1,250,000

– Profit = £250,000

– Profit on GDV = 20%

AURA Architects in South Oxfordshire really squeezed every ounce of value out of this site with a modern design aesthetic and a clever response to the site constraints. 

Working Alongside Property Developers

We are experienced in working alongside Property Developers to help them achieve their GDV targets and create designs that are easy to construct and simple. We have worked along with XP Property on several occasions and have been able to accomplish some fantastic end results.   

Our Director Ben Richards has vast experience in Property Development and has worked on schemes valuing up to £1bn with the Berkeley Group. The value of Ben and our experienced team of Architects can help build a robust and reliable Planning Application, working alongside the local council and Planning Committee, to gain an excellent success rate of achieving Planning Permission.

Speak to our team today to discuss a site feasibility on your next property development project,