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The water tower at Flockton is set to become a futuristic Grand Design style home

Huddersfield-based Acuman Designers & Architects are set to turn a functional concrete water tower into a stylish home

A disused concrete water tower is to be transformed into a futuristic Grand Design style residence after securing planning permission.

The tower at Bar Lane, Flockton, hit the headlines more than a year ago when it came up for auction with a guide price of just £4,000.

Fierce bidding ensued and the structure sold for an incredible £110,000.

The disused water tower at Flockton (left) and how the converted water tower at will look

Now Huddersfield-based Acumen Designers & Architects have come up with this amazing scheme to turn what was a purely functional building into an eye-catching dwelling.

The water tower, built in the 1960s, was used by Yorkshire Water until it was decommissioned and put up for sale by auction.

The proposed scheme envisages a series of rectangular windows in the main part of the tower with the addition of a circular glass section below. A new entrance would also be added and the land on which the mushroom-like tower stands would be paved and landscaped.

Jeremy Childs, director of Acumen Designers & Architects, atop the water tower at Flockton

The railed-off roof of the tower – with its panoramic views – would be retained.

Acumen have not disclosed the name of the owner of the tower, which attracted a high level of interest at the auction held in April last year by property agency Eddisons in Leeds.

It’s an exciting project for Acumen, headed by director Jeremy Child, which as shortlisted for honours in the National Housing Awards in 2013 for its work with Brockholes-based developer Conroy Brook on the Somersbury Court apartment development at Somerset Road, Almondbury.

How the converted water tower at Flockton will look

Its other projects have included major residential developments, work on individual private houses, mill conversions, office schemes and retail conversions.

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