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8 Artillery Row
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  • Urban design
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A timely transformation

8 Artillery Row

 
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  • Location London, UK
  • Status Built
  • Services Architecture, Interior design
  • Sector Residential
  • Area 3,000m²/32,300ft²
  • Client LBS Properties, Victoria Property Holdings

In 2012 we won a competition to refurbish and extend this former office building, a gateway of sorts to the Westminster Cathedral Conservation Area. Our transformative design has reimagined the original 1980s build, incorporating both historic and contemporary elements to give it new life as a residential development.

Rather than demolish the building, we opted for a highly sustainable design that stripped it to its concrete foundation and reinvented it from the ground up. We reconfigured the existing eight floors, and added active ground-floor retail frontage, three new floors, 22 new apartments and a setback, double-height penthouse.

We also designed a bespoke red and grey brick facade that complements the masonry of neighbouring buildings, and reintroduced the historic curved corner form, crowning it with a 2.4m-diameter clock centrepiece created in a Brighton bronze foundry. The hand-crafted nature of these elements draws on the local Victorian architecture, as do their proportions, materials and details.

The result is a beautiful, award-winning structure that builds on the area’s heritage and civic nature, as well as traditional mansion block typology. Etched into the corner is a quote from Prince Albert about his marriage to Queen Victoria – a piece of public art and subtle reference to the historic locality in one.

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How many a storm has swept over it and still it continues green and fresh, and throws out green shoots, from which I can acknowledge that much good will yet be engendered for this world.
Prince Albert, 1861
Engraving on 8 Artillery Row
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Cast and patinated bronze elements are used in balustrades, ventilation grilles and a decorative screen next to the residential entrance.

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Awards

  • New London Awards 2017 Shortlisted - Housing category
  • Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2016 Winner - Best London Home by a small-scale developer
  • Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2016 Highly Commended - Best Conversion
  • Brick Awards 2015 Winner - BDA Chairman's Award
  • Brick Awards 2015 Shortlisted - Craftmanship Award

Make Team

Tim Davies, Adam Grice, Ian Lomas, Richard Meddings, Ken Shuttleworth, Tracey Wiles
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