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Two new build houses in St James’s Central London are now complete

JWA had the challenge of designing two new build houses in London. These properties fit snugly between three office buildings in Rose & Crown Yard, SW1.  James explains, “we were limited by height because of the adjacent office buildings and related covenants”.  In this enclosed and built up urban setting we chose to put the living accommodation at the top of the properties to maximise natural light and fresh air while at the same time preserving a sense of privacy. Full height sliding windows create a Juliette balcony feature.

513 RC exterior

Exterior of new build houses

In order to optimise the size of the properties a new basement level was created.  The solution is two new homes on four floors providing: office/guest bedroom, bathroom and scullery/boiler room in the basement; ground floor has a garage with adjacent entrance hall, first floor has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and on the second floor is an open plan living and dining room with a kitchen.  The top floor benefits from two large skylights, bringing daylight into the main living area.

Material palette

A handmade Petersen brick was chosen for the attractive variation in colour and texture; a light coloured, buff brick to maximise the reflected light in the densely constrained courtyard setting. At ground level the garage and front door are solid oak joinery elements with complement the brick colour. The Scheuco windows contrast in an anthracite grey.

513 RC Living and Dining

Living and Dining area on top floor










The scheme, approved by Westminster City Council planning department, was granted on the proviso that it met a high standard of sustainable energy performance.  Consequently an air source heat pump and related Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery unit was installed, triple glazing and solar panels on the roof.

513 RC Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

On completion JWA was commissioned to dress one of the houses for rental marketing purposes the two properties are currently available through Knight Frank, Mayfair office


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