Castle Lane London 2011–

The adaptive reuse of these four blocks creates 88 affordable homes and forms part of Land Securities redevelopment of Victoria Street. The design works with the buildings’ loadbearing internal walls to achieve the required mix with minimal structural alteration.

These “Unlisted Buildings of Merit” are in Westminster’s Birdcage Walk Conservation Area.

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    Victorian glass and cast iron engineering structures provide the inspiration for the evenly spaced and narrow proportioned modules of the new attic storey.
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    Constructed in the 1880s for the Stag Brewery, the buildings are late examples of purpose built working class housing. A mews building was added in 1991. Most recently they were used as hostel accommodation.
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    The chimneys that distinguish the original buildings' skyline are raised above new decorative precast elements, preserving their silhouette. The new precast elements mimic the original buildings’ stringcourse and cornice designs.
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    Proposed third floor plan - the arrangement of the new extension recalls the location of the disused tank rooms and so offer generous roof terraces to residents.
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    The facades of the roof extension provide large expanses of floor to ceiling glazing.


  • Appointment: 2011
  • Construction start: 2015
  • Area: 5700m2
  • Budget: £22m
  • Form of contract: Design & Build
  • Client: Land Securities
  • Services Engineer: Chapman & BDSP
  • Structural Engineer: Clarke Nicholls & Marcell
  • Quantity Surveyor: WT Partnership
  • Landscape Architect: Plincke
  • Planning Consultant: Gerald Eve
  • Heritage Consultants: Montague Evans
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