A new steel frame sits behind the retained façade, positioned on an entirely new reinforced concrete foundation. The retained façade was rearranged by taking down and rebuilding the gables to suit the new rhythm of the Kensington High Street elevation. New brick, stone and reconstituted stone were used to complete the façade as it turns the corner onto Kensington Court.
This corner site was originally part of a larger scheme which involved the redevelopment of the former Kensington Market. We were appointed for the stand alone site on the corner of Kensington High Street and Kensington Court, and asked to rationalise the approach taken by the previous architect. Our design simplified the structural works via retention of the front façade only, and reconfiguring of the core to provide very neat, efficient floor plans. Further design work was undertaken to improve the façade arrangement and roof line so it would step down and tie in with the scale of existing buildings along Kensington Court.