Private Residence, London

Extension and internal alterations to a Grade I listed Georgian house

London & South East

Purcell were commissioned to extend and make internal alterations to this Grade I listed Georgian house overlooking Regent’s Park. The historic fabric was repaired and refurbished to allow the introduction of contemporary facilities and a new, fully glazed extension.

One of the key challenges was to negotiate with the conservation officer and English Heritage in order to modernise the property without compromising historic integrity.

We worked closely with the conservation groups and key stakeholders including English Heritage, the Georgian Group and the local authority to establish the key aspects of the scheme.

This informed the way forward to enable adaption of the building in such a way that we achieved the client’s aspirations and requirements while conserving the building fabric.

We carefully removed inappropriate previous alterations to integrate new features that would re-instate the former character of the main reception spaces and bedrooms.

Modern facilities including audio-visual services, walk-in wardrobes and contemporary kitchens and bathrooms were carefully incorporated into spaces created by the removal of the previous alterations.

New bathrooms were carefully introduced by working with the historic fabric and maximising space. The bathrooms incorporate the latest wet room technology and equipment for modern day use.

An open terrace constructed in the 1970’s at the rear of the building provided little benefit and was largely unused due to overshadowing from the neighbouring buildings. We carefully adapted this rear exterior space to create a glazed enclosure that brought the former terrace into habitable use and provided the owner with an exciting new space. The contemporary glass infill extension to the rear of the property has minimal impact on the existing building and created a striking focal point.

We made the remaining garden area into an ‘external room’ with careful choice of materials, planting and seating to achieve the optimum use of this space.

Location: Regent's Park, London
Client: Private
Building period: Georgian
Listing status: Grade I listed