Listed Town House, Primrose Hill, NW1

A Conservation Project. The refurbishment of a Grade II Listed House
Project completed 2009, Private Client
RD Architects, London Office

This beautiful double fronted house is prominently positioned in a crescent in the heart of Primrose Hill. The upper part of the property had served as a home for the elderly owner for almost 40 years. The most prominent house on the street, it was missing some of its most important architectural features, such as the first floor balcony and the front entrance portico. Many of the windows were incongruous and the central stair had been removed between the lower ground and ground floors.

Our brief was to restore the original features of the house as faithfully as possible to the original and to reorder the internal living to incorporate the former lower ground floor apartment. We took a conservation-led approach. We obtained planning and listed building consent for the incorporation of the flat into the house and also to replace the missing parts of the front façade. The house had a uniquely curved façade and the detailed design for the portico was complex. We worked off a single historic photograph. Internally, as the non-original fabric of the house was carefully removed, significant structural defects were found and repairs were made. We were meticulous about the use of materials – for example, split hardwood laths with traditional lime plaster reinforced with horsehair were used for all internal walls.

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