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DRY Architects Restores Historic Knightsbridge Home

DRY Architects has made it its mission to restore a section of Lennox Gardens’ historic elevation to its former glory, completing this project by 2017

Lennox Gardens is at the very heart of historic Knightsbridge and is composed of a variety of five and six-storey properties overlooking a beautiful private garden. The majority of the properties here are Queen Anne style with Flemish detailing, and are all Grade II-listed, having been highly acclaimed at the time of construction in the mid-19th century for being of outstanding design and style.

This particular property, 27 Lennox Gardens, was originally designed as a single family dwelling, but was converted into flats and a dental surgery in the 1960s. The popular style at the time called for flat roofs and modernist lines, which resulted in it being a poor relation visually to its neighbours. 

The building is listed and the roof profile designated Category 1, which normally would preclude any possibility of extending

DRY Architects was commissioned by the owners to seek consent for an additional storey. The building is listed and the roof profile designated Category 1, which normally would preclude any possibility of extending. Previous applications had also been refused in 1990, making the brief rather daunting. 

Over the course of two years, DRY Architects discussed the proposals with the Conservation and Planning Officers at the RBKC Council together with English Heritage. Together, they developed a scheme that returned the principal elevation back to the style and detail of the original and enabled the creation of an additional floor behind a new front gable.

Extensive research was carried out to support the application and while Dry Architects was unable to trace any original drawings, it did discover a photograph taken in the 1920s, which showed the building in its former glory and was subsequently used as a guideline for the firm’s proposals.

Planning and Listed Building Consent was granted in 2014. The additional floor will create an extra 1,000 sq ft of space, making the internal floor area of the two-storey penthouse in excess of 2,450 sq ft. When completed, it will be a large three-bedroom home with a roof terrace. The style of the interior will be modern with luxury finishes. Works have commenced and are due to be completed by Easter in 2017.

DRY Architects has earned a reputation for achieving difficult Planning Applications in central London and can be contacted at: info@dryarchitects.co.uk