Following on from last week’s post spotlighting our colleague Lewis Hillsdon – who relocated to London in May to head up the new division of Anderson Orr at LABS Camden – we’re pleased to share details of a recent consent he secured for a stunning three-storey Victorian terraced house, in a notable Conservation Area in East London.
Following a sensitive and carefully managed in-house Planning strategy, consent has been achieved for multiple alterations and additions to the property. These include a side infill extension that expands the existing single storey extension to the full width of the rear, affording a large and light-filled open-plan kitchen. A new mansard roof provides an extra bedroom and ensuite bathroom, while external and internal alterations and improvements – including replacement of the existing windows, in line with Conservation area guidelines – enhance the features and natural character of the property.
In addition to providing accommodation that meets currents living standards, this consent represents an effective solution to extending an historic terraced property, and in this instance, delivers an impressive 344 square feet of additional gross internal floor area - a 30% increase to the original dwelling.
In-keeping with the local vernacular – where consistency of architectural form, rhythm, and scale are key – and painstakingly adhering to the strict guidelines of the Conservation Area, the scheme introduces a sympathetic, yet contemporary approach. Due to the neighbouring boundary, the design form adopts considerate eave heights at the boundary line - commensurate to the existing fence height. A restricted palette of London Stock Brickwork, timeless crittall-style glazing, blue slate roofing finish to the mansard, traditional lead detailing to the dormer windows, and a lightweight glass roof – pitched back to the main house – ensure all new additions assimilate with the original Victorian house, and do not impede on the neighbouring properties.
We were thrilled to be afforded the opportunity to uplift this beautiful East London home, whilst respecting and honouring the original fabric, neighbouring amenity, and architectural values of an important and historic London Conservation Area - and we couldn't be happier with the result. Keep an eye out for more updates, as the project gets underway.