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14 Collingham Gardens

London, Kensington

Collingham Gardens Exterior

Sector: Conservation, Interiors, Residential
Project value: Undisclosed
Project stage: Complete

Frederick Gibberd Partnership was appointed as the conservation architect for the restoration of a late 19th Century Queen Anne revival terraced house, part of the Harrington Gardens estate designed by the architect Sir Ernest George in association with developer Harold Peto. The house is listed Grade II* and forms one third of a group (with numbers 15 and 16) of Hanseatic design, comprising a single bay width and arranged over 6 floors.

After the Second World War, the building was used as a residential club for members of the Polish Air Force Association and suffered some neglect in later years as membership dwindled. Adhoc alterations during the post war period involved the removal of the original division walls of the basement offices, and the insertion of large steels to create a canteen area. Other floors remained largely unaltered, although some rooms had been subdivided to create individual bedrooms, and a reception office had been created within the entrance area.

The brief given to Frederick Gibberd Partnership involved creating a design that converted the house to use as a single family dwelling, with a small service flat accessed from the front basement area.  The architects successfully negotiated Listed Building consent with Historic England and RBKC Research was undertaken which revealed the original layouts of the residential architecture and these were used to prepare a reinstatement scheme.

The structure was assessed and the basement steels found to have been an unnecessary intervention, and these were removed to create the new kitchen for the house. The main roof was re-slated and insulation incorporated without altering the profile. Conservative repair was undertaken at all levels and the feature roof light over the main stair rebuilt, incorporating the original painted glass, and the rear conservatory which was derelict was reconstructed.

Services were renewed throughout the property and new en-suite marble bathrooms installed with stone imported directly from Italy. An existing dumbwaiter shaft was converted to form a passenger lift. Other features included a basement steam room with mosaic cladding and a wine cellar.