AMS cladding brings the wow factor to a former workplace

Today’s trend for converting redundant offices into residential shows no signs of abating and nowhere is the transformation more marked than at Altitude, formerly Bolton House, in the up-market town of Poole in Dorset.

Product Summary

  • Soffits – 250m2 of VM Zinc’s tray panels in quartz finish
  • Cladding – 175m2 of VM Zinc’s interlocking panels in quartz, natural and anthracite finishes

Project introduction

Terence O’Rourke’s design both maximises the stunning sea views and in reverse, the view of the former disused five-storey office block, which is now a mixed-use development of 49 high-end apartments with three self-contained Grade A office units at ground-floor level.

The 49 apartments within walking distance of the prestigious Poole Quays area have been created within the existing five storeys of the existing building and by providing three new additional floors to take premium advantage of the sea views to the rear.

Modern materials were selected to articulate the façade and to create a subtle distinction between the residential and commercial spaces. They also help ensure the building is given a new, modern identity and improved relationship with its surrounding context and create a more distinctive skyline.

Technical information

This was the second project in which AMS worked closely with specialist sub-contractor Bluecord Roofing and Cladding to design and manufacture the desired bespoke metal decorative finishes.

  • The colour of the soffits to the apartments is subtly reflected in the panelling underneath the windows where the quartz finish is complemented by natural and anthracite finishes in overlapping horizontal lines.