Building owners MBT Ltd have submitted plans to give the former Tax Office at PZ360 a much needed facelift.
The proposals outlined in a recently submitted planning application to Cornwall Council will see the existing fabric of the building transformed to create a more modern and less austere look to compliment the new entrance added in 2012. Part of the building façade has also been reserved for a future artwork installation that will it is hoped will further enhance the street scene in St Mary’s Terrace.
To pay for the facelift the proposals will also see a new floor added, topped with a ‘floating’ roof. The architects believe this will help make the building sit better with its neighbours when viewed from key vantage points around the town. The new roof is no taller than the existing lift motor room roof.
The six residential units created from the additional floor will have exceptional views over Mount’s Bay as well as off street parking, plus access to a business hub and incorporate the latest environmental features.
The building’s existing office tenants, employing some 160 people, are all due to remain.
Bill Radmore, MBT’s MD said that ‘over the last two years the design team has considered several options that would allow us to economically improve the overall look of the building in order to bring it up to date, future- proof the fabric and renew outdated services. The combination of new build, external improvements and opportunity for public art will I believe be a win for us, our tenants and the wider community and will further enhance the status of PZ360 as the town’s premier business hub and residential address”
If approved the owners hope to complete its regeneration of the building by the end of 2017.
Further details of the proposal are available on Cornwall Council’s Planning Portal website (Ref PA16/01707).