When you walk along the shelter belt, and look out to the west, you may have noticed a, to be honest, rather ugly building getting in the way of your view of some of the amazing sunsets we are so lucky to see.

This is Hampden House, a 1960s office building originally occupied by construction company Biggs Wall, which has been unoccupied for several years and generally agreed to be a blot on the landscape.

However, after some initial hurdles – things like asbestos contamination and unacceptable impacts from noise coming from adjacent commercial premises – a builder managed to convince the local planners that these problems could be overcome.

The building has now been transformed to house 41 private, contemporary, high specification studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments over six floors.

The building still isn’t exactly a thing of great beauty, but at least it’s now being put to good use.