98 De Beauvoir Road London 2017–2019

98 De Beauvoir Road is an Edwardian industrial building. The 835m2 scheme involves the demolition of a part of it and, behind a retained façade, the construction of a new 3-storey brickwork structure, a precast concrete staircase, insitu concrete landings, and a timber roof wrapped in rubber. The adhoc common parts have been replaced by a new central core serving five studios over three floors. Low-tech building techniques indicate how elementary the construction of an office might be, ensuring that this 100-year-old building remains robust and will endure.

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    Street facade with the additional new storey distinguished by a white precast concrete loggia
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    Courtyard - the design combines careful restoration with new construction
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    Top floor studio space beneath the refurbished northlights
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    The scheme retains the original steel roof trusses
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    Courtyard, retained façade and new central core within
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    Precast concrete staircase & brick structure
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    Looking up the stairs at the timber roof
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    Arched detail of the concrete staircase
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    Lapped timber detailing of the roof structure
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    Perspective of staircase showing coffered insitu concrete landings, arched stair and lapped timber roof detailing
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    Toplit space linking studios (ground floor)
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    Toplit space linking studios (first floor)
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    Second floor toplit space retains a memory of the demolished structure
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    Light separates the original institu concrete structure from the boundary wall
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    Ground floor plan - courtyards link 98 and 100 De Beauvoir Road
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    Exploded isometric drawing shows the new 3-storey structure inserted between the front and back buildings


  • Appointment: 2017
  • Construction start: 2018
  • Completion: 2019
  • Area: 836m2
  • Budget: Confidential
  • Form of contract: JCT Standard Building Contract
  • Client: The Benyon Estate
  • Planing Consultant: CMA
  • Structural Engineer: Parmarbrook
  • Services Engineer: AJ Energy
  • Approved Inspector: Building Control Approval
  • Cost Consultant: Castle-Davis
  • Contractor: Sullivan Brothers Construction
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