26-27 Southampton Street
PDP London has completed the refurbishment and conversion of two listed Georgian buildings into 10 high-end apartments and 1 retail unit in the heart of Covent Garden.
The project for Capital & Counties Properties Plc (Capco) at 26-27 Southampton Street is located in the Covent Garden Conservation area and comprises two Georgian, listed buildings: No. 26 (Grade II Listed) and No. 27 (Grade II* Listed). The residential accommodation consists of 3 no. 3 bed units, 1 no. 2 bed unit and 6 no. 1 bed units.
The existing buildings were constructed in 1707-08 and comprised a basement, vaults under the highway and four storeys (ground – fourth floor) behind a brick and stone façade. The mansard roof housing the fourth storey accommodation was built in 1989. Much of the original fabric and features to the front façade remained intact, however, the roof and rear portion of the buildings have been substantially reconstructed and the floor plates linked at each level.
PDP London collaborated with Hudson & Mercer Interior to create these high-quality living spaces in the heart of Covent Garden. The ten apartments are distinct from each other with unique details and layouts and are designed to respect the historic character of the building whilst simultaneously – and seamlessly - incorporating contemporary interiors, building technologies and modern services to meet current building standards. The handling of proportion, creation of free-flowing space and the use of muted, unostentatious interiors results in harmony between the historic and modern.
In contrast to much of Covent Garden’s properties where backyards are largely unused, courtyards and plant spaces have been utilised and redesigned to create additional outside space for the individual apartments. Timber clad pergolas and walls, slate tiled or timber decked floors and integrated planters, seating and background lighting, give the spaces a private and intimate appearance.
Great care was taken to clean and restore the façade, including the refurbishment of all windows to the front façade, cleaning the facing brickwork and tinting some areas to give a homogenous appearance. All roof tiles were replaced with Welsh tiles, typically specified in the area, due to their close resemblance to the original, historic tiles.
Internally, historic elements were sensitively refurbished and reinstated: timber wall panelling has been extensively refurbished using traditional techniques and carefully integrated; cornices, skirting, balustrades and fireplace surrounds reinstated and incorporated into the contemporary design.
- Capital & Counties Properties Plc