Following a fire at the Shurgard Self Storage Facility on Purley Way in Croydon, which saw the building burnt to the ground, Shurgard had to apply for a new planning permission to incorporate a radically different design of their facility. The CCP was brought in to engage with neighbours in a really meaningful way and address their concerns through our expert knowledge of planning and construction.
A number of these local residents had suffered heat, smoke and soot damage to their properties due to the fire. It was a watershed moment for the self-storage industry and laid bare a number of problems with the planning regulations and building control that governed such facilities. The option to rebuild their facility along the same design as before was simply not viable for Shurgard. They saw this as an opportunity to reconfigure the layout and facilities on site to include an element of commercial office space.
The CCP built up relationships with residents and Councillors in the local area and communicated with them the proposed changes to the design to reassure them that a future facility would contain measures to prevent a repeat of the incident.