Commercial Office to Residential Space Conversion

If you are considering making an investment in a property portfolio, one of the biggest trends to follow is undoubtedly the conversion of commercial office to residential spaces. The increased need for housing, along with a downturn in the demand for physical office space presents an opportunity for investors to bring buildings that no longer serve their original purpose, back into use.

Lagom (Swedish)

“Not too little, not too much, JUST RIGHT”.

And this is where we can help.

Here at Lagom Interiors, we are one of the leading interior fit out contractors in London and the Home Counties – whether it’s office, retail, educational or residential, we can assign the best specialist services to ensure a custom job. Just to underline this commitment – our name, ‘Lagom’ (something that is ‘just right’ in Swedish) represents a clear indication of our company philosophy and dedication to service.

Create Your Ideal Commercial Office to Residential Space Conversion

The introduction of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) 2015 set out classes of building development for which planning permission is automatically given (providing there were no restrictive conditions). In short, owners of buildings without planning restrictions can change the occupation of their properties without having to go through the lengthy (and costly) process of applying for planning permission.

These regulations originally covered the retail (Class A1) and professional services sector (Class A2), but new regulations came into force on the 1st August 2020 which covers the change of use from an office (Class B1) to residential (Class C3).

The introduction is a timely one – with the Coronavirus pandemic heightening the strengths of a ‘virtual’ workplace, many businesses have been reconsidering their leases. 

With housing (especially in town/city centres) being in short supply, the prospect of converting commercial properties into residential units offers building owners a viable alternative.

Class B1 can be defined:

  • Offices, other than those that fall within Class A2; financial services, banks and building societies, professional services (other than health and medical services) and including estate and employment agencies.

Buildings in Class B1 (as well as A2, for that matter) can be converted into a Class C3 under the regulations – which comprises of:

  • Class C3: Dwelling houses – a single household, or up to six residents, living together where care is provided, or up to six residents where care is not provided.

Why Choose Lagom To Convert Your Office Into Residential Space?

As the Lagom team are already adept at assisting with all manner of building, refurbishment and restoration projects, we are ideally placed to create high-quality office to residential space conversions.

Our service is perfect for office to residential conversion – we have vast experience in remodelling and refurbishing properties in classic and contemporary styles. Using traditional trade skills and modern methods, we work closely with architects and interior designers to understand what you need and how everything can be achieved to deliver projects on time and within budget.

Only the highest quality is good enough – our ability to create relationships and reimagining spaces is duly recognised in the vast amount of repeat business we obtain from our clients and architects. All our work takes great heed to minimise disruption and the effect that it may have on our clients and their neighbours. Our health and safety is always of the highest possible standards, as we take our impact that our work has on the environment extremely seriously.

When it comes to creating new residential spaces, we are specialists in:

  • Refurbishments.
  • Fit outs.
  • Restorations.
  • Grade 1 & 2 listed buildings.
  • Penthouses.
  • Apartment fit outs.
  • Basements.
  • Country homes.

And we can work services as:

  • Main contractors.
  • Master builders.
  • Construction managers.
  • Maintenance and aftercare.
  • Decorations.

Interested in learning more about how we can help you create your ideal office to residential conversion? 

Then why not consider getting in touch with us today for an informal chat?

Contact Lagom For Bespoke Office-Residential Conversion In London & The Home Counties

To learn more about how we can help you with your office to residential conversion, our team would be pleased to speak with you. Give them a call today on 01483 399 014 or send an e-mail to and they’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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