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Green light for Axis Mason's Kodak Tower overhaul - image

Axis Mason Architects has won planning permission for this redevelopment of the 1960s Kodak Tower in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

The practice is hoping to transform the former office block into a residential block of flats, while recladding the building's exterior.

Axis Mason's original scheme came under heavy fire from CABE, which refused to back the proposals due to 'fundamental weaknesses' such as 'simple ground level routes across the site'.

Following CABE's comments the practice took the project back to the drawing board, looking at a more informed grid position and re-evaluating the elevational design.

Axis Mason associate director Alick Roberts said: 'We re-worked as much as we could that CABE commented on, but there were areas where we knew we could not change, such as the car parking issues, but we believe we have reached a good compromise.'

The redesigned scheme has gained planning approval and work is likely to begin on site in June.

by Richard Vaughan

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