The complete re-building of a Chelsea townhouse just off the Kings Road, with a new basement to provide 5 floors of accomodation. The originally house was arranged on split levels with small and constrained spaces. The addition of a basement provided the opportunity to redesign the entire house which was finished to an extremely high standard.
A seperate fire escape from the basement, allowed more freedom to the living spaces, which could then be arranged over two open plan floors. Particular attention was paid to the staircase within this space, which was designed to be as visually light as possible. This required some structural gymnastics by the engineers so that the visible structure could be reduced to a folded steel plate of only 8mm thickness which was overclad with timber.
Within the new basement there are two bedrooms a utility room, and shower room and on upper floors a further three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Carefully designed bespoke joinery was added throughout, with air conditioning carefully integrated. This required detailed co-ordination of the services which were inter-woven with the structure of the building.
As with many central London projects, the design and construction process presented logistical and technical challenges for architect, engineer and contractor, particularly with regard to permissions and excavation and temporary works, which had to be carefully managed on a constrained site.