Our solution involved designing three new buildings and refurbishing the row of existing Georgian listed townhouses.
The main block is nine storeys high and employs a solid, orthogonal brick language that takes its inspiration from the adjacent Georgian terrace and the celebrated Lillington Gardens estate to the south. At ground and first floor levels we’ve accommodated a large health centre for Westminster Primary Care Trust and a retail unit. There’s also a gym, and a concierge service for residential and gymnasium access. Buff brick cladding complements the building’s Georgian neighbours.
The affordable housing block on Upper Tachbrook Street drops to four storeys and houses a waiting room/community facility as well. White render and bold punched openings complement the Cubitt terraces opposite.
We’ve created a further residential building to join the apex of the triangle; an imaginative and visually arresting angular construction which houses further apartments.
The listed townhouses, which were semi-derelict, have been returned to their original use as family dwellings. Their restored facades disguise the modern technology introduced: high-performance acoustic glass in the sashes blocks out the traffic noise from Vauxhall Bridge Road, and shallow basement excavations allow two-storey bathroom-over-kitchen pods to be added. Underground parking features hydraulic stacking and cars reach the car park via a lift from Upper Tachbrook Street.
This challenging mixed-use regeneration restores pride and prime real estate in the heart of Pimlico.
2008 British Homes Awards - Winner for Affordable Housing Project of the Year
2008 British Homes Awards - Commendation for Apartment Building of the Year
2008 Sustainable Communities Award - Winner for Building Sustainable Communities
2007 RIBA Housing Design Awards - Winner
2007 British Homes Awards - Commendation for Regeneration Project of the Year
2006 What House Awards - Gold for Best Renovation