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WHAT IS

AIRSPACE DEVELOPMENT

In a nutshell it is using the airspace above an existing structure to build homes or offices. Typically this is on top of an existing low-to-mid-rise block of flats, but could also be above a commercial building, or even across the roofs of a whole terrace of houses. 

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With pressure from central government on local-authorities to make land available for new homes, and often a resistance from the local community to lose green spaces, building up is a logical alternative. 

WHY IS

AIRSPACE DEVELOPMENT

NEEDED

 

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How is an apartment delivered

A property is most people’s largest purchase. The second largest purchase is often a car. Would you ever consider getting someone to build you a car?! No, cars are built in precision-engineered factories by highly skilled technicians.  At Dwell Above we have taken this theory and adapted it to apartments. Our apartments are built in factories and are precision-engineered by highly skilled technicians. This brings numerous benefits including;

  • A higher quality apartment 

  • No unreliable tradesmen

  • Significantly reduced construction time* 

  • Significantly reduced noise, mess and hassle for the adjacent flat owners
     

*after roof prep. our apartments are typically delivered and installed by a crane in 2 days

 
 

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What are the benefits to Freeholders

  1. Our flexible approach 
    We have several options for Freeholders considering an Airspace Development:

    Joint Venture – we pay all the costs, and we both share the profit once the apartment(s) are sold

    Consultancy – we act as your consultant and Project Manager for a fee – you can choose to sell or retain the new apartment(s)

    Purchase – we purchase the airspace from you on an unconditional or STPP basis
     

  2. Clear payment structure
    Whichever of our options you choose working with us will deliver you a great financial return without any input or investment from you
     

  3. Proven planning permission success 
    Our team has a proven success rate at achieving planning. 
     

  4. We handle all leaseholder liaison
    We have experience in briefing and liaising with leaseholders to ensure a smooth project 
     

  5. A local Brighton-based company
    We understand the Brighton & Hove market inside-out. That translates to faster planning approval and a market-led product

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What are the benefits to Leaseholders

  1. Flat roofs don’t last forever and are expensive to repair. 
    With our approach any money saved to repair the roof could be spent on the communal areas, or even returned.
     

  2. Additional apartments could reduce service charges.
    If we are able to add extra apartments to a block of 10 existing apartments the service charge would typically be reduced by 15%.
     

  3. Factory building means less disruption
    Because our apartments are built in bespoke factories and craned on to the building, there is up to 90% less disruption – less noise, mess and hassle.

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Isn’t it time-consuming, noisy, and messy

Our apartments are built in factories and are precision-engineered by highly skilled technicians. This has numerous benefits, including;

  • A higher quality apartment 

  • No unreliable tradesmen

  • Significantly reduced construction time* 

  • Significantly reduced noise, mess and hassle for the adjacent flat owners 

*after roof prep. our apartments are typically delivered and installed by a crane in 2 days

Our structural engineers, surveyors and designers comprehensively check the building to ensure that the additional weight will be ok on the building. However, given the lightweight design of the new structure, there is rarely a building that we cannot make work.

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What about the extra weight

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Airspace on your client's property?

If you work in the property industry and have clients with properties that may be suitable for airspace developments, download our information leaflet. We pay a generous commission on schemes that we go on to build.