St Augustines Mansions Apartment, London.
The apartment had not been touched for twenty five years. It was tired, the services were old and a full refurbishment was required. The building was brick and concrete, it was an Edwardian mansion block and there were lots of flats to try and keep happy through the noisy dusty works.
We created an apartment with a series of interconnected living and entertaining spaces. Sliding doors and moving walls enabled spaces to be open up or divide down as required. A palette of black, white and grey with limited materiality was used throughout, the spaces were calm, the spaces were simple. Carefully positioned walnut doors were used to bring warmth and interest and the original cornice, skirting boards and window details were reinstated to bring the period detail back.
The structure was unforgiving and every noise permeated through the building. Through careful management with the leaseholders, weekly written updates and detailed forward planning, construction was undertaken smoothly with minimal difficulty. By writing to every flat weekly, prewarning them of noise and telling them what had been achieved, the occupants came to understand the process and that each week work was moving forward. It certainly helped neighbour relations and helped to manage everyone’s expectations.
Construction was completed in 2014 and the main contractor was Ashview Contracts Limited.