ROCHESTER ROAD – CAMDEN, LONDON
Refurbishment of terrace house with newly excavated basement level
: Westgate Construction
Type : JCT Intermediate
Value CPI : £ 800,000.00
Houlton in association with Brendan Woods
building refurbishment involved a comprehensive structural and decorative
refurbishment; replacing an existing conservatory with a new double height
conservatory; adding a storey extension upon the existing rear structure and
modifying spaces within the existing house plans.
property forms part of the "Rochester Conservation Area". The house
in 1848 on the west side of Rochester Road. The rear elevation, like so many
London properties has evolved over time, expressing the requirement for private
domestic life to the rear garden.
wanted to upgrade the building fabric in order to meet their long-term needs,
so that the house could remain a viable family home over the forthcoming years.
The building had suffered from major subsidence of the load bearing walls and foundations, with consequent
damage to the building fabric. Major rectification and fundamental repair was
required. We worked closely with Hardman Engineers to make the building safe
and a long-term asset.
The Clients due to cultural background and aesthetic
sensibility where interested in how we might engage with them to find ways in which we could infuse
the fabric of this house with intimations of their Japanese culture. There was
a preoccupation in the design process about how simple cast concrete,
galvanized metalwork and Douglas fir wood, could combine. Exploring a
compositional intent of making new forms and surfaces which worked spatially in
mediation with the brick stucco and plaster house this Victorian House.