37- 45 High Street Kensington
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 facade only, and re-configuring of the core to provide very neat, efficient floor plans. Further design work was undertaken to improve the facade arrangement and roof line so it would step down and tie in with the scale of existing buildings along Kensington Court.
A new steel frame sits behind the retained facade, positioned on an entirely new reinforced concrete foundation. The retained facade was re-arranged 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 facade as it turns the corner onto Kensington Court. Stone, timber and lead detailing throughout was designed to match the existing facade, and pick up subtle details within the neighbouring properties.
The ground and basement floors contain retail A1 and A3 uses, able to be split into a variety of tenancy sizes, whilst the upper floors, levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 contain office use throughout. The office entrance is located on Kensington Court.
Client: Shepherd Development | Services: Architecture | Size: GIA 2,900m2