Central London & Heritage
Our Bloomsbury based practice has been working in Central London since 2006. Through working within the oldest areas of London, we have developed an expertise in working with historic buildings. These are often Listed and situated within a Conservation Area. Our approach consistently secures Planning Consents, Listed Building Consents and Great Estate Licences.
Our work is primarily within the Central London boroughs of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Camden. Many parts of these historic boroughs were developed by old aristocratic families (examples being Grosvenor, Cadogan, De Walden, Portman and Bedford) who still own large swathes of prime Central London. These Great Estates still have significant influence either through direct ownership or through various stewardship schemes, an example being the Belgrave Estate Management Scheme administered by Grosvenor. Schemes such as this enable the Estate to exert control over the use, development, and appearance of the designated area.
We have a growing body of new-build work in Central London and the UK. Even within the strict planning environment in historic boroughs such as Kensington and Chelsea, we managed to gain planning consent for exciting new-build projects because each of our designs are bespoke and respond sensitively to its unique context.
We have an expanding portfolio of projects in the east and south-east of England as well as projects as far as Scotland. Much of this work consist of rural farm conversions, with a number of barn refurbishments for owner-occupiers and developers alike.
We strive to make sustainability improvements to all of our projects. We have experience of designing to exacting sustainability standards such as BREEAM Outstanding and Passivhaus. Due to our work on heritage buildings, we regularly engage with how best to upgrade existing buildings whilst also meeting Listed Building requirements and retaining their intrinsic character. Retrofitting and upgrading is also inherently sustainable: by prioritising fabric improvements over demolition and rebuilding, the carbon embodied within the existing materials is retained in use rather than being demolished and requiring additional carbon consumption for rebuilding.
Our in-house team of interior designers broadens services including bespoke furniture and joinery and lighting design. We help to wade through the endless supply of products and samples and present our clients with the finest materials and crafts for their projects. We work closely with the architectural team to provide a seamless design experience.