Chez Loos - old toilets turned into offices

SPENDING A PENNY Daryn Brewer from Brewers, left, and McAndrew Martin director Ian Lee
SPENDING A PENNY Daryn Brewer from Brewers, left, and McAndrew Martin director Ian Lee
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TWO companies have joined forces to turn an unusual building into new offices.

Brewers Estate Agents, in Cosham, and chartered surveyors Andrew Martin are turning a former public loo block in Lower Drayton Lane, Drayton, Portsmouth, into a two-storey development.

The toilets were one of 12 in the city that closed under the previous Lib Dem council in a bid to save money.

The Tories re-opened loos in Paulsgrove, Hilsea and Old Portsmouth near the Hot Walls when they came to power last year, but had hopes of re-opening the Drayton site as well.

Daryn Brewer, managing director of Brewers, said: ‘We were keen to regenerate this site with a quality development which would be of value to the area.’

James Bengree, who is based at McAndrew Martin’s offices on the Fairway Business Centre in Portsmouth, designed the new offices.

James worked on a brief to give the new offices a post-industrial look with grey and black tones, and upright windows aligned on the design lines of the original block. The ground floor of the building will be refurbished along with a completely new first floor with an aim to create a fresh look.

McAndrew Martin director Ian Lee said: ‘We were pleased to provide architectural design services and specialist support for Brewers to progress this scheme.

‘We have a strong working relationship with Brewers and have been able to use our combined expertise to breathe new life into a disused building.’ Brewers will move from their Cosham High Street branch into their new offices which will be named The Old Loos once the scheme is finished in May 2015.

Mr Brewer said: ‘We are looking forward to relocating to the new offices and helping to bring more business into Drayton as well as freeing up our premises in a prime position in Cosham for another business to take advantage of.

During the bid for the building, the lettings agency included a plan for a disabled toilet for the community.