Track Record/London Boroughs

Camden/ Hampstead House

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In the early C19th The Vale of Health was a country lane on Hampstead Heath; a short journey out of the smoke and squalor of Camden and a place to spend the weekend at one of the hotels around Hampstead Pond. To this day it feels as though the sprawl of London jumped over the Vale of Health and left this piece of rus in urbe intact. Our clients bought a house with views over the pond, but which needed complete restoration including underpinning and a new roof. A careful study of old maps suggested the site had once housed arbours and “grottoes”; romantic artificial caverns along the lakeside, which explain the extensive groundworks required. These kind of works are often stressful to neighbours, and Camden Council have been careful to review the proposals, but HEAT successfully gained planning consent for the restoration and a new glazed extension at a meeting of the Camden Planning Committee.


Listed Building/Westminster/ Grade II* Thomas Cubitt House

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HEAT have been appointed to lead the restoration and refurbishment of a Grade II* listed house in the first division of Eaton Place. Thomas Cubitt began work on the Belgravia Estate in the 1820′s and the first houses were sold to his banking contacts. Cubitt sometimes used the houses as his offices until they were sold and – ever the canny marketing man – the unbuilt plots of land were neatly finished with gravel and picket fences; the streets had York stone paving and street lighting, so that, when you bought your new house, you weren’t living next to a building site. At HEAT we are preparing the planning pre-application; restoring missing interior features and correcting unconsented alterations as well as re-constructing the rear extension in painted timber and glass with detailing and proportions taken from the original house.

Project 181


Camden/Listed Building/ Listed Building Consent

Regency House

We are delighted to have obtained planning and listed building consent for alterations to a beautiful Regency house in St John’s Wood. The internal alterations have allowed the creation of bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms at the second floor level. In order to persuade the Conservation officer of the appropriateness of our proposals we compared the layouts of 11 adjacent houses and proved that we were returning the room layouts closer to the original design. The design includes a stunning master bathroom in bookmatched marble.

Project 178


Education/Hackney/Listed Building/ Planning Consent for School

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Princess May School in Hackney is a Board School, built in exuberant style in 1900 by architect Thomas Jerram Bailey with Dutch gables and Art Nouveau flourishes and named after Queen Mary (1867 to 1953) who was informally known as Princess May and who married the future George V in 1893, around the time the houses in Princess May Road were built.

In 1968 the architects for the Inner London Education Authority added a pre-fabricated “CLASP” system toilet block which not only looks out of place, but blocks the main entrance axis.

HEAT have won planning consent to remove this block and replace it with an airy new glazed entrance to the school, which will transform the access and visibility of the school in the community. We are relocating all the admin functions of the school to this new entrance block which will be clad in water-jet cut Corten steel (Steel that rusts immediately and forms a protective layer). The oxide red will pick up the soft red colours of the original brickwork. In their assessment Hackney Council commented: “The design proposed, within the constraints of the site and the budget, is felt to be an imaginative and attractive solution.”

Project 169


Camden/Developer/Listed Building/ Lost Staircase


We were excited to discover a lost basement staircase in an unusual C18th house in Bloomsbury and with the help of Mark Strawbridge from the Museum of London obtained Listed Building consent to re-open it, helping turn the house back to residential use following conversion from offices. The balustrade of the main stair above is an unusual design sometimes referred to as “Chinese Chippendale”

Project 176


New Build/Permitted development/Richmond/ Über Shed


Sometimes it is surprising what is allowed without planning consent under “Permitted Development”. Even in a Conservation Area in the heart of London it can be permissible to build a garden outbuilding up to 2.5m high. HEAT have just completed a rather smart full width garden pod clad in cedar slats at the end of this garden in Barnes. We are looking forward to the planting season to see the garden take shape!

Project 171


Listed Building/Westminster/ Little Venice House


HEAT have obtained Listed Building Consent from the City of Westminster for the restoration and remodelling of this beautiful Italianate house in Little Venice, removing an unsympathetic 1980′s conversion and restoring details like cornices, skirtings and architraves to give the rooms back a sense of scale. The floors will be single plank oak boards with a subtle texture and the period fireplaces and cantilevered Portland stone stairs will be restored.

Project 176


Developer/Enfield/New Build/ Infill Development in North London

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At the rear of a residential care home in North London was an unpromising site with a fine Southerly aspect, but a steep and inaccessible slope. HEAT have developed an innovative design for six new substantial terraced houses which have just received the blessing of Enfield Council at the Planning pre-application stage. The houses have been designed to meet the highest standards of accessibility and energy conservation and each is over 2000 sq ft with a dedicated garage. The design of the upper floors and the set back gables allow us to incorporate a third floor within the massing of the building.

Project 165


Developer/New Build/Wandsworth/ New Houses in Clapham


Spencer Park in Wandsworth is a gem with large villas backing onto green lawns and tennis courts on three sides. Our developer clients proposed a new house on a sensitive infill site between two existing houses. Two previous applications had been turned down and HEAT were able to successfully negotiate a planning consent for a new brick house with stone detailing and a modern take on the Dutch Gable (Seen here under construction). One of the existing houses next door was converted from a business use to residential providing over 11,000 sq ft of new residential property in this prime part of Southwest London.


Kensington & Chelsea/Listed Building/ Holland Park Listed Building


HEAT worked with the local conservation team in Kensington and Chelsea to come up with a transformation of a stunning two storey maisonette in Holland Park. Listed building consent was necessary to re-plan the layout of a flat that had been converted without much thought in the 1960′s. Four bedrooms, each with a private en-suite bathroom and air conditioning were created at the top floor level, whilst on the lower floor, the rooms were connected so that family room leads to kitchen, which leads to the dining room, which leads to the main reception room, making a fantastic family home.

Project 161