SUSD formed a joint venture with the Thames North Trust to develop the 1870’s building, St Paul’s United Reformed Church, situated off Westbourne Grove and required a complete redesign to make the property fit for purpose.
Particular attention was focused on retaining the buildings existing features at street level and the planning application consisted of dividing the existing property into two parts.
The first part, created the church community space, offices and an entire new basement level.
The second part of the planning application focused on adding two high spec residential apartments at the second, third and fourth floors. Click here to view the project.
The new basement level was formed by raising the ground floor to provide level access throughout, improving access for all the community to the new public spaces.
Opening up internal spaces improved natural light and sustainable & energy conservation elements introduced:
New efficient boiler and heating system.
High levels of insulation.
Improving airtightness on existing windows, doors and skylights and new glazing elements will use low u-value.
Water saving devices.
Provision for recycling waste.
The intensity and mixed nature of the building use ensures it is efficiently used throughout the week, rather than periodically which necessitates high-energy use for short-term return. The new mixed use of the building leads to a sustainable community.
The development was completed in June 2013 and hailed as a huge success both on the Church’s side of the project and with the apartments sold within days of going on the market.