Albert Street

The interplay between the historic and new has worked exceptionally well, with modern touches and appropriate reinstatement of lost historic features elsewhere.

Our clients purchased this Grade II Listed terraced house in a vacant, dilapidated condition. The building was split between a house and a basement flat; our brief was to fully renovate and extend the house, add a bedroom and improve the quality of the spaces within the flat whilst preserving and enhancing the historical integrity of the building.

We extended the flat into the front coal holes, reversed the courtyard/lightwell configuration to take better advantage of the site orientation, and connected the ground floor living spaces of the house to the garden.

The design of the rear extension was intended to reflect the Georgian proportions and materiality of the existing building but to distinguish itself as a separate and modern addition. We achieved this with a separating glass rooflight, contemporary detailing, frameless windows and thin-format bricks.

“It was a pleasure to work with Bianca and James from the beginning to the end of our project – and beyond. We would happily recommend them to anyone looking for committed, professional architects.”

Neil & Angela Morgan

Internally, we applied neutral and textured background elements to offset bespoke furniture, joinery and fittings. Period features were renovated or reinstated to enhance the historical legacy of the building.

Due to the listing of the building and the extension of the basement, we underwent detailed planning negotiations, including a basement impact assessment and heritage consultation. Resident was the lead consultant and provided project management and planning, architectural, interior, lighting and hard landscaping design services.

For the extension, it was essential to reflect the Georgian proportions and materials without copying directly. This was achieved with a slightly different brick format, shadow gap detailing, modern finishes and thin-framed glazing. Interiors employed a muted, textured pallete to act as a background to signature furniture pieces and artwork.

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