Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
We worked with the Architect Stephen Fletcher, to achieve the client’s brief of a high spec family home to serve as a ‘private Tate Modern’. To project the grandeur of the house a stunning double height gallery was constructed to the rear. The main drawing room forms a vast atrium space that soars two stories high, with stunning 18 foot tall windows creating a volumous and bright space looking out to the garden area.
Façade retention and new basement
Croft Structural + Civil provided the ground works and superstructure temporary works. Our expertise in temporary works design meant that we were well placed to deliver the brief; of devising a method of propping the original façade and roof including lateral stability of neighbouring properties whilst placing a new basement below. Further challenges included the stair case as it was formed as a saw tooth concrete stair; the zig-zag of the stair profile is seen below the stairs and above. The polished concrete finish also meant that the stairs could not be polished in situ and had to be carried in making the whole process a complex one.
Victorian Walls were not designed to span 7m without lateral restraint from the floors
A couple of years in the making
This project was a couple of years in the making but the transformation to a Tate Modern-style luxurious family home is truly amazing. The press has been all over this Chelsea property, including a substantial feature in the Telegraphy (link or video link) and it is also due to be featured in the 2016 RIBA London Housing Magazine.