Track Record/London Boroughs

Hammersmith & Fulham/Planning Consent/ Rus in Urbe | A London Roof Terrace

West London in the summer. The top floor maisonette in this house in Hammersmith is cramped and stuffy. The only relief is to a tiny roof terrace which is accessed by climbing out a sash window. Once out there – there are spacious views over the city at sunset. HEAT won planning consent for a new roof extension with a beautiful roof terrace at tree canopy level and access via full height glass doors. The main planning issues were overlooking the neighbouring houses; but these were solved with a glass screen that also gives shelter from the wind.

Project 182


Islington/Planning Consent/ A Barnsbury Mission

The Church Missionary Society trained young Anglican missionaries to work around the world. In 1820 they built this handsome college in the fields and pastures West of Upper Street in Islington and this occasioned a small outbreak of property speculation in Barnsbury. The College is long gone – to be replaced by a housing estate in the early C20th, but the Georgian terraces remain and HEAT have obtained planning consent to restore and extend one of these terraced houses. Later in the C19th Islington houses were built with a raised ground floor, to allow more air and light into the basement, but these early houses have a basement that is completely below pavement level and our intervention has been to create a glazed extension at the rear, with a generous lightwell, to bring natural light into the lower floor for the first time in two hundred years. Together with a new mansard roof and a complete refurbishment this house will be ready for another two hundred years as a family home.

Project: 185


Hammersmith & Fulham/Planning Consent/ Fulham Palace

We’ve bought the house opposite! It can be hard to define what you want out of a project at the start, but in this case our client had lived opposite this house for several years and when she saw it come on the market she knew exactly what needed doing. HEAT won consent for a new mansard roof extension and created a palatial master bedroom suite on the top floor of this pretty Fulham home. Three new dormer windows bring light in at the front and 120mm of insulation keep the temperature on the top floor even throughout the year.

Project: 186


Camden/ Hampstead House

In the early C19th The Vale of Health was a country lane on Hampstead Heath; a short journey out of the smoke and squalor of Camden and a place to spend the weekend at one of the hotels around Hampstead Pond. To this day it feels as though the sprawl of London jumped over the Vale of Health and left this piece of rus in urbe intact. Our clients bought a house with views over the pond, but which needed complete restoration including underpinning and a new roof. A careful study of old maps suggested the site had once housed arbours and “grottoes”; romantic artificial caverns along the lakeside, which explain the extensive groundworks required. These kind of works are often stressful to neighbours, and Camden Council have been careful to review the proposals, but HEAT successfully gained planning consent for the restoration and a new glazed extension at a meeting of the Camden Planning Committee.


Listed Building/Westminster/ Grade II* Thomas Cubitt House

HEAT have been appointed to lead the restoration and refurbishment of a Grade II* listed house in the first division of Eaton Place. Thomas Cubitt began work on the Belgravia Estate in the 1820’s and the first houses were sold to his banking contacts. Cubitt sometimes used the houses as his offices until they were sold and – ever the canny marketing man – the unbuilt plots of land were neatly finished with gravel and picket fences; the streets had York stone paving and street lighting, so that, when you bought your new house, you weren’t living next to a building site. At HEAT we are preparing the planning pre-application; restoring missing interior features and correcting unconsented alterations as well as re-constructing the rear extension in painted timber and glass with detailing and proportions taken from the original house.

Project 181


Camden/Listed Building/ Listed Building Consent

We are delighted to have obtained planning and listed building consent for alterations to a beautiful Regency house in St John’s Wood. The internal alterations have allowed the creation of bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms at the second floor level. In order to persuade the Conservation officer of the appropriateness of our proposals we compared the layouts of 11 adjacent houses and proved that we were returning the room layouts closer to the original design. The design includes a stunning master bathroom in bookmatched marble.

Project 178


Education/Hackney/Listed Building/ Planning Consent for School

Princess May School in Hackney is a Board School, built in exuberant style in 1900 by architect Thomas Jerram Bailey with Dutch gables and Art Nouveau flourishes and named after Queen Mary (1867 to 1953) who was informally known as Princess May and who married the future George V in 1893, around the time the houses in Princess May Road were built.

In 1968 the architects for the Inner London Education Authority added a pre-fabricated “CLASP” system toilet block which not only looks out of place, but blocks the main entrance axis.

HEAT have won planning consent to remove this block and replace it with an airy new glazed entrance to the school, which will transform the access and visibility of the school in the community. We are relocating all the admin functions of the school to this new entrance block which will be clad in water-jet cut Corten steel (Steel that rusts immediately and forms a protective layer). The oxide red will pick up the soft red colours of the original brickwork. In their assessment Hackney Council commented: “The design proposed, within the constraints of the site and the budget, is felt to be an imaginative and attractive solution.”

Project 169


Camden/Developer/Listed Building/ Lost Staircase

We were excited to discover a lost basement staircase in an unusual C18th house in Bloomsbury and with the help of Mark Strawbridge from the Museum of London obtained Listed Building consent to re-open it, helping turn the house back to residential use following conversion from offices. The balustrade of the main stair above is an unusual design sometimes referred to as “Chinese Chippendale”

Project 176


New Build/Permitted development/Richmond/ Über Shed

Sometimes it is surprising what is allowed without planning consent under “Permitted Development”. Even in a Conservation Area in the heart of London it can be permissible to build a garden outbuilding up to 2.5m high. HEAT have just completed a rather smart full width garden pod clad in cedar slats at the end of this garden in Barnes. We are looking forward to the planting season to see the garden take shape!

Project 171


Listed Building/Westminster/ Little Venice House

HEAT have obtained Listed Building Consent from the City of Westminster for the restoration and remodelling of this beautiful Italianate house in Little Venice, removing an unsympathetic 1980’s conversion and restoring details like cornices, skirtings and architraves to give the rooms back a sense of scale. The floors will be single plank oak boards with a subtle texture and the period fireplaces and cantilevered Portland stone stairs will be restored.

Project 176