Hampstead Townhouse

The project objectives were to modernise and refurbish this five storey townhouse located just off the High Street in NW3. The scheme was designed by De Matos Ryan Architects.

The works comprised: Structural alterations to define new living spaces, exterior restoration to the façade and a new feature staircase. Heating, plumbing and electrical services were designed by Acumen.

The building now has a steel and oak staircase at its heart, rising five storeys. While the full height bookcase provides a much needed solution for the client’s vast collection of books. The challenge was to programme the steel, oak handrail, joinery and decoration work so that activities in other parts of the building were not impeded by works to the staircases.

As the ‘before’ photo shows, the painted front façade was an affront to original Victorian masonry work. It was a lengthy and arduous process to restore the cornicing, corbels and freeze panelling back to its original state. Due to the presence of lead paint, specialist estimates were coming in way over the cost allowed within the budget. Acumen decided to use its own recourses to get the job done on budget. This turned out to be one of the big successes of the project as no one really knew what the final result would be until the scaffold came down.

The schedule was demanding and unaccommodating due to the arrival of the clients new baby. An enormous effort by all involved was needed at the end in order to get the clients home before the baby arrived.

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