Great Minster House
A reimagining of an existing post-modern office building situated in the heart of Westminster directly adjacent to the Page Street Conservation Area. We stripped back the over-elaborate ornamentation of the former design to ensure Great Minster House reflected the Edwardian Mansion blocks typical of the area.
The change of use converts the existing office accommodation into 61 luxury residential apartments with commercial and retail units on the ground floor. The site reverted to its historical use, reinforcing Marsham Street as an increasingly elegant and yet diverse residential address within this area of London.
The character of the building has been established through the use of high-quality materials that complement the wider colour palette of Marsham Street. The remaining Indiana limestone used on the Great Minster House façade adds to the character and benefits from the careful integration of projecting and Juliette balconies.
The palette of handmade brown brick alongside bronze anodised metal panelling and windows provided a refined contemporary aesthetic to the overtly commercial language of the existing office building.
The regeneration of this outdated office represents a highly sustainable redevelopment with the reuse of the concrete frame representing the equivalent of 20% of the building’s carbon footprint over the sixty years. The proposals delivered many passive and energy efficient measures that are in line with the Lifetime Homes requirements. Great Minster House achieved a BREEAM ‘Refurbishment’ Excellent rating.
Our interior design concept for both the common parts and apartments were developed to take advantage of the three-metre high ceilings afforded by the original office construction. The design uses modern Art Deco detailing references, which combine with ceiling coffers, architraves and herringbone parquet flooring to reinterpret a classic ‘Manhattan’ style, matching the sophistication and elegance of the development.
2016 British Gypsum National Trophy
Client: PFA Pensions; Barratt London| Services: Architecture; Interior Design | Size: 61 apartments