Track Record/Specialisms

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


Education/Listed Building/Outside London/ History Centre Listed Building Consent

Pershore Council in Worcestershire have decided to turn this redundant cottage in the grounds of the Cemetery into a Family History Centre and research centre. HEAT have won Planning and Listed Building Consent to redevelop the cottage adding a new glazed link building with WC and Catering facilities. The new wing will feature a frameless glazed roof and solid ledged and braced oak doors.

Project 174


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


New Build/Outside London/ Country Pool House

HEAT have developed a stunning scheme for a pool and poolhouse in the Buckinghamshire countryside. In the steeply sloping grounds of a recently built house, our scheme comprises two curving stone walls which nestle into the hillside and conceal a family room and other facilities and a South-facing pool, protected from the weather. Conceived with landscape designer Matthew Wilson, the project uses local stone and native planting to fit within the landscape.

Project 170


Developer/Enfield/New Build/ Infill Development in North London

At the rear of a residential care home in North London was an unpromising site with a fine Southerly aspect, but a steep and inaccessible slope. HEAT have developed an innovative design for six new substantial terraced houses which have just received the blessing of Enfield Council at the Planning pre-application stage. The houses have been designed to meet the highest standards of accessibility and energy conservation and each is over 2000 sq ft with a dedicated garage. The design of the upper floors and the set back gables allow us to incorporate a third floor within the massing of the building.

Project 165


Developer/New Build/Wandsworth/ New Houses in Clapham

Spencer Park in Wandsworth is a gem with large villas backing onto green lawns and tennis courts on three sides. Our developer clients proposed a new house on a sensitive infill site between two existing houses. Two previous applications had been turned down and HEAT were able to successfully negotiate a planning consent for a new brick house with stone detailing and a modern take on the Dutch Gable (Seen here under construction). One of the existing houses next door was converted from a business use to residential providing over 11,000 sq ft of new residential property in this prime part of Southwest London.