Westbourne Terrace is part of a grand terrace of stucco fronted houses in Bayswater, built c1840 with 6 storeys and listed Grade II. Many have been divided into flats and this project involved a rear lower ground floor flat and its small courtyard area behind. The courtyard is deeply recessed, bounded by the 6-storey terrace, a 3-storey rear outrigger and the rear of Eastbourne Mews. All walls are cream painted stucco below the 4th floor to bring in light.
This flat at the start of the project consisted of sitting room, dining area, kitchen, and bathroom with a bedroom in a single storey extension at the rear constructed circa 1989. The interior had been subject to a number of unauthorised alterations without listed building consent.
The project involved complex planning and party wall issues and innovative technical solutions in this very restricted location.
The new extension features a green ‘sedum’ roof with electric opening roof-lights and sun tunnels to bring light and ventilation to the interior and sliding glazed wall opening onto the courtyard. The internal changes created a small bedroom, bathroom and a kitchen with glazed French doors to the courtyard. The kitchen is enclosed by fire resisting glass to provide a fire escape from the sleeping areas while allowing daylight to the interior. New underfloor heating was installed throughout.
The result is a bright compact modern 3 bedroom flat in a highly desirable area.