A former warehouse in the city centre has been given new life as a three-storey family home.

Philip Connolly of PCMR Ltd., who developed the building alongside his business partner Marcus Reynolds, was very excited to showcase how the distinct historic building could be preserved through its renovation and repurposing.

Unlike many builders who may often see conservation as a hindrance to desired plans, Philip said he enjoys saving Salisbury’s history from being torn down by retrofitting the existing structures and always appreciates Wiltshire Council conservation officer Andrew Minting’s help and input.

Philip said: “I don’t think just to make a living we should be trashing these beautiful old buildings.

“A lot of property developers are always at odds with conservation authorities in Salisbury, and actually I just see them as a mine of incredible information.”

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Philip and Marcus’ latest project was a Victorian warehouse on the grounds of the Salisbury Steam Laundry complex. The original warehouse was preserved, with an addition added above for a second floor. Philip describes the project as taking an “ancient, disused Victorian building and sticking a modern lid on it.”

The new second floor includes a balcony with a north-facing view and an old sliding laundry door on the exterior has been repurposed as a shutter.

The new home has been sold for £1.3m, but Philip said there are many old, disused spaces in historic buildings across Salisbury that could be converted into affordable housing, as well.

A previous project saw Philip and Marcus convert the space above the Lash Bar on the corner of Milford Street and Brown Street from disused offices into flats.

Philip said: “In Salisbury, there’s tonnes of opportunities.”