We are starting the year with work on the early stages of a varied range of exciting new commissions.
- One is the full renovation of a grade II listed house in Pembroke Square, Kensington. This will include the rebuilding of a mews structure for garaging with a guest suite above.
- A second challenge, also in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, takes on the redevelopment of a derelict house on Ladbroke Road, Notting Hill. The building has the solid geometric bones of a Victorian end of terrace building and our concept sketches are pointing towards long lateral spaces, dissolved walls facing south and the creation of an independent secondary house.
- We are also continuing our work at the magnificent grade II listed West London Synagogue near Marble Arch. The building has a Romanesque/Byzantine façade in very fine carved portland stone from 1870 and Historic England’s listing describes it as ‘The most important Reform synagogue in Victorian London and, together with Davis and Emanuel's East London Synagogue, ranks as one of the finest Victorian synagogues in the country’. Our work is to significantly upgrade security but with the utmost design sensitivity.
- Our Australian portfolio continues to expand with the design of a country house on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, outside Melbourne. Initial drawings conceive the house as a spreading U shape, placed at the centre of an existing historic garden axis. We are working with Australian architect David Wilkinson, and informing our design by looking through the lens of his grandfather’s work – Sydney University’s first Professor of Architecture Leslie Wilkinson.
- At a thoroughly different scale, we are working towards a pre-application planning submission for a 135 unit housing scheme in south-east London. It is gratifying to see emerging designs that build on our long and extensive history of fine residential architecture painted on a bigger canvas.
More details and images of these and other projects will follow as planning applications are made in the spring. Watch this space.