This week planning permission has been granted for our scheme to create two new mews terrace houses in Rose & Crown Yard, Mayfair, Central London.
The proposed development is arranged over basement, ground and two upper floors. Each new house benefits from a self-contained garage.
The brief was to replace two poorly set out flats arranged over garages and incorporate a now redundant electricity sub-station. The site is located within the St James Conservation Area.
Each of the dwellings will be arranged comprising: integral garage, level threshold entrance with external refuse storage on the ground floor. In the basement there is a study / guest bedroom adjoining external light well for light and ventilation, utility room and bathroom/WC; two bedrooms with ensuites on first floor and open plan living space with adjacent kitchen and dining space and separate WC on the second floor.
Both properties are served by top-lit stairwells with a roof light over the kitchen area to offer natural light and ventilation.
The scheme, set in the context of a mixed-used commercial and residential mews, adopts a simple brick form with carefully proportioned windows and façade. Natural light is a premium in this location, thus great care has been given to roof lights as well as boosting the outline of façade windows.
The contemporary design of the new building draws on the simple form of the existing structure and that of the surrounding commercial vernacular. The upper stories are faced in a light buff brick to echo some of the material palette of the surroundings and maximize natural reflected light in the shaded mews. Similarly, the different purpose of the ground floor is reflected in form and materials to house the sheltered entrance bays and a ‘hit and miss’ timber screen for the garage doors and refuse stores.
Scheme which planning permission was granted for
Each house is 1,450 square feet. The client is a private developer.