11 - 15 Grosvenor Crescent
Location: London, UK
Status: Practical Completion 2018
Area: 11,040 sqm
Structural Engineer: Pell Frishman
Costs Consultant: Beadmans
Project Manager: Wainbridge
Planning Consultant: Gerald Eve
Heritage Consultant: Montagu Evans
Interior Architect: Flanagan Lawrence
Interior Designer: Thomas Juul-Hansen
The refurbishment and re-modelling of 11-15 Grosvenor Crescent represented a unique opportunity to breathe new life into a Listed building which had suffered from years of unsophisticated intervention, and to combine it with a dynamic new addition which now complements the historic fabric.
The building mediates between differing townscape scales, using materiality as well as scale and proportion to provide a carefully thought out composition. The existing building has been restored and where features have been lost, the grandeur of the original front rooms has been replaced. The approach to the introduction of contemporary elements, such as bathrooms, was to separate them from the existing fabric – a light touch approach which sees the best of the old sitting comfortably in contrast with the new.
The existing rear wall of the main terraced building has been retained and repaired and the connection between the old and the new is thoughtfully done through a series of internal light wells and glass link bridges, expressing and complementing the old with the new.
The terrace of five buildings remain as separate entities at ground and first floor – entrances to the Grand apartments and the main communal entrance to the building reinvigorate the existing porticoed frontage. Lateral apartments on upper floors deliver high quality residential layouts, spreading across a number of original buildings and acknowledging the original plan forms by retaining original party wall lines, whilst maintaining a comfortable and logical flow of space through the units.