Greenleach Lane – Worsley, Manchester

Portfolio Description

Triple Dormer Loft Conversion

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Worsley, Salford

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40m2 (Loft Works)

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Anticipated Cost

£60k+VAT (Loft) & £30k+VAT (Drive) exc. fixtures and fittings (2022)

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Services Provided

Sketch proposals/concept design, detailed planning drawings, detailed building regulations & tender drawings and site supervision

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30 Weeks

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Design & build contractor

The brief

PJH Architectural Services were appointed by our clients back in 2021, to work with them on a number of projects around their property simultaneously, looking to transform their striking, traditional Victorian dwelling into a sophisticated ‘forever home’ for them and their growing family, fit for the modern family lifestyle. The works were split into two key elements, the interior works, inclusive of a contemporary triple dormer loft conversion, and exterior works comprising a major overhaul to the front garden to create designated parking for 2 vehicles, and a contemporary new garden room to the rear to allow the family to take full advantage of their green spaces in the warm summer months.

Knowing that they would eventually outgrown their home, our clients were left with two options; either move house when the time came, or futureproof the home that they’d fallen in love with. In the end the decision was a simple one, and PJH were brought on board to guide them through the process and bring their dreams into fruition.

Design & planning

The property had previously been extended to the rear however the front of the dwelling was untouched, showcasing all of the original Victorian form & features that defined the era – as such our clients were keen to minimise external disruption where possible. Nestled on the outskirts of the quaint village of Roe Green, our client’s property boasted picturesque views of the extensive woodlands and greenery beyond, something they were keen to take full advantage of; as the existing loft already had substantial headroom, it was apparent that a loft conversion would be the most effective route to tick all the boxes of their requirements, maximising the views and minimising both internal & external disruption.

Externally, we looked to create something subtle & elegant that would harmonise with the existing dwelling while also standing out as a striking feature of the property. After consultation with the clients, we chose to progress with an exciting triple dormer loft conversion – 3 well-crafted pitched roof dormers, projecting out from the rear of the property – this reduced the overall visual impact upon the existing dwelling while allowing us to maximise the internal space.

Placing emphasis on the 3 separate pitched roof dormers helped us to quickly define the internal space; having 3 individual, spacious areas filled with natural light allowed us to subtly subdivide the internal spaces without using solid walls. The aim of the loft conversion was to create a stunning new master bedroom suite to the dwelling, complete with walk-in-wardrobe, dressing area and en-suite – the ultimate space or respite to return to at the end of a long day! The new staircase brings you up through the middle of the property, leading you straight into the central of the 3 new dormers, offering plentiful natural light and views out as you approach the new master suite. This central dormer offers a cosy seating area overlooking the woodlands beyond. To the left, the spacious bedroom takes advantage of the second dormer while the final dormer houses the walk-in-wardrobe to the right, with access to the new en-suite.

Typically once a design has been finalised, we would look to submit a planning application to the local authority, however the minimalist nature of the works meant that the project fell within Permitted Development rights, and formal planning approval wasn’t required. At PJH, we would always recommend obtaining a CLD (Certificate of Lawful Development) if you’re looking to complete works under Permitted Development – this gives you confirmation that you can do the works under PD, and is particularly useful when the time comes to sell the house as formal acknowledgement of the works.

Building regulations, tender & construction

Once the relevant approvals were obtained on both our clients triple dormer loft conversion and exterior works, PJH produced a complete set of detailed Building Regulations & Tender drawings, encompassing all elements of the projects. These gave our clients everything they needed to go out to a selection of local, reputable contractors to receive accurate quotes for the complete works.

PJH also provided comprehensive site supervision throughout the duration of the works – through our site supervision service, we undertake regular site visits to ensure that works are progressing well and ensure the construction process runs as smoothly as possible, providing regular dialogue between the client, contractor, building control and other industry professionals to help iron out any potential snags on site.

Works were complete in 2023 and our clients are now settling back into their stunning forever home – it’s always exciting to return to site to see the finished article, see the project gallery for a selection of completed photos from the project!

Thinking of pursuing something similar to this project? Feel free to take a look at some of our blogs:

Permitted Development: What You Can And Can’t Do
Things To Consider Before Starting A Loft Conversion?
Natural Light Brings Extra Life To Your Home 

If you need any advice on the first steps of designing and planning an external renovation project, extension or new build feel free to get in touch for a brief chat, we are here to help.


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PJH Architectural Services