The original application to add two penthouse flats when the building is converted to residences was refused in May 2014. (Planning permission is not needed for the conversion from offices but it is for the extra height). The Society wrote in July 2014 with various objections. It has now gone to appeal.
The building was sold again in March 2015. The new owners wish to start work on the conversion to 91 flats in all by the end of summer 2015, once Council permits for the change of use are obtained. The project has a development value of £40m.