West London in the summer. The top floor maisonette in this house in Hammersmith is cramped and stuffy. The only relief is to a tiny roof terrace which is accessed by climbing out a sash window. Once out there – there are spacious views over the city at sunset. HEAT won planning consent for a new roof extension with a beautiful roof terrace at tree canopy level and access via full height glass doors. The main planning issues were overlooking the neighbouring houses; but these were solved with a glass screen that also gives shelter from the wind.
We’ve bought the house opposite! It can be hard to define what you want out of a project at the start, but in this case our client had lived opposite this house for several years and when she saw it come on the market she knew exactly what needed doing. HEAT won consent for a new mansard roof extension and created a palatial master bedroom suite on the top floor of this pretty Fulham home. Three new dormer windows bring light in at the front and 120mm of insulation keep the temperature on the top floor even throughout the year.
Developer/Hammersmith & Fulham/ Hammersmith Development
A large site in the Fulham Palace Road had been empty for twenty years. HEAT prepared a sensitive, contextual scheme with 10,000 sq ft of retail, a similar area of B1 and nine residential units above. Sometimes the planning system does not run smoothly and in this case the planners were combative and inconsistent and unfortunately, after a year of negotiation it was necessary to go to appeal to bring some focus to the discussions.
Fortunately at that point, a scheme very similar to the original proposal was swiftly agreed and consented. The proposal picks up on the rhythm of the adjacent houses on this busy thoroughfare, with a modern interpretation of a projecting bay window and is an enhancement to the conservation area. The site was sold on and has since been successfully built.
Developer/Hammersmith & Fulham/ Kings Road Mixed-Use Success
Planning consent has been granted by Hammersmith and Fulham Council for a four-storey new build 32,000 sq. ft. mixed-use development on the New Kings Road in West London for developer Starcrest Investments.
Designed by HEAT Architecture, the consent comes as result of over two years of detailed negotiations with the planning authority and local residents. The development, which is set within a highly sensitive conservation area, will be clearly visible when viewed across Eel Brook Common. It is surrounded on three sides by numerous private residences, some of which are listed.
The £6m proposal will provide nearly 8000sq.ft. of retail space along the 38 metre frontage, along with 13,600 sq. ft of offices and three penthouse apartments on the top floor. The loft style apartments make maximum use of north light with a full height glazed façade overlooking the Common. They will incorporate large domed rooflights set within the lightweight over-sailing roof canopy.