Construction of six five-bedroom terrace houses 40-41 Chagford Street, London NW1.
The site that had previously been a garage building.
Mark Fairhurst is an Architect and a Director of Mark Fairhurst Architects.
Budget – Undisclosed.
The project began as a brief for contemporary statement houses providing flexible inner city living. The design would be a development of traditional Georgian town houses associated with London’s central streets and squares.
The scale of the houses respect the existing grain of the Dorset Conservation Area, and their close proximity to the grade 2 listed Chagford House and Gloucester Place. An angled roof maintains daylight into the existing courtyards while introducing natural daylight into the houses. The living spaces and bedrooms are linked via an open tread steel and glass staircase and gallery, encouraging the visitor to ascend into the communal part of the house.
A basement level below provides additional accommodation with a flexible bedroom/studio space opening out onto the rear terrace, a utility room/ kitchenette and fitted cinema room.
Project Notes and Timeline
This mews project was completed in 2007 by Mark Fairhurst Architects.
Technological appraisal and Review
The spaces have been designed, to minimise heat gain in the summer and maximise heat retention during the winter months. The addition of deep-set balconies and an automated brise-soleil to the large skylight, along with artificial cooling to main living areas ensures optimum temperature control. Ventilation to the basement is provided with a supply and extract heat exchanger minimising energy loss, along with underfloor heating to all areas. The houses incorporate state of the art audio/visual and data cabling systems, all linked via an accessible riser allowing future upgrades.
Structurally, the building utilises an insitu concrete frame and floor slabs with dense concrete party walls. This allows for large uninterrupted internal spaces and a cantilevered third floor mezzanine. The structure provides a robust construction while eliminating internal sound disturbance between floor levels and between neighbouring houses.
The houses have been exhibited at the Housing Design Awards, Exhibition of Excellence, New London Architecture’s Contemporary Westminster Exhibition and have won a National Home Builders award. They are also highlighted in Westminster council’s Dorset Square conservation area appraisal planning guidance as an exemplary modern mews scheme.
Contact Details – Mark Fairhurst, Mark Fairhurst Architects, 48A Union Street, London, SE1 1TD Telephone – 0207 407 7070 Email – firstname.lastname@example.org Website – www.mark-fairhurst.co.uk