Airspace Development

Why is airspace development needed?


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.




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 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




What are the benefits to Leaseholders?


There are anumber of key benefits to the Dwell Above approach: Flat Roofs don’t last forever & are expensive to repair
With the Dwell Above approach, the money that you and your fellow leaseholders have saved to repair the roof, could be spent on the communal areas, or even returned to you!
Additional Apartments could reduce your service charge by 15%
If Dwell Above are able to add to extra apartments to a block of 10 existing apartments, the service charge would typically be reduced by 15%.
Factory building means less disruption
Because our apartments are built in bespoke factories and craned on to the building, there is typically 90% less disruption – less noise, mess and hassle.




What are the benefits to Freeholders?


The Dwell Above Flexible Approach
We have several options for Freeholders considering an Airspace Development:

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

Consultancy – Dwell Above act as your consultant and Project Manager for a fee – you retain the new apartment(s)

Purchase – we purchase the airspace from you on an unconditional or STPP basis
Clear Payment structure
Whichever of our options you choose working with Dwell Above will deliver you a great financial return without any input or investment from you
We handle all leaseholder liaison
We have experience in briefing and liaising with leaseholders to ensure a smooth project
A local Brighton-based company
We understand the Brighton & Hove market inside-out. That translates to faster planning approval and a market-led product




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




What about the extra weight?


Dwell Above’s 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.




What is airspace development?


In a nutshell, it is using the airspace above an existing structure to build a new home. 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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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.