As part of The Portman Estate’s ongoing strategic plan to maintain and improve its properties, this project enhances Rodmarton Street’s residential character by replacing dilapidated mews buildings with four high-quality, sustainable living spaces.
The redevelopment comprises one 3-bedroom townhouse, two 2-bedroom maisonettes, one 2-bedroom flat and two garages. As the site is located within the curtilage of a number of listed buildings, low profile massing and a series of linear pitch roofs are adopted to reinstate the prevailing roofscape.
In order to optimise the potential of the site, which comprised three 15m deep semi-enclosed plots surrounded by taller Georgian terraces and a music studio, an inward-looking design solution was proposed. Internal courtyards and lightwells are introduced to the townhouse and maisonettes to enhance both daylight penetration and natural ventilation.
The design of the street façade is a modern interpretation of the mews typology which preserves the local street character. The simple brick canvas is articulated with contemporary oak windows at all levels to provide ample daylight to the living spaces. Internally, the project comprises of a complex and elegant sequence of spaces where the architecture, the engineering and the services are completely integrated to produce a dramatic, space-efficient solution on a tight site in the Portman Estate Conservation Area.