PROGRESS UPDATE – PHILLIMORE GARDENSPosted on January 21st 2015
Lees Associates are lead architects for the extension and complete re-design of this mansion villa located on Phillimore Gardens, north Kensington.
This façade retention project (retaining the existing floor levels) has progressed well since last summer. The complex temporary structures supporting the fragile brick shell are long gone, now replaced by a solid steel structure extending up to the mansard roof. With the recent completion of the third floor roofing, once again the fantastic views easterly over Kensington and westerly over Holland Park can be viewed from six crisp new lead dormers. The roofers have braved against the harsh winter winds and the roof is now watertight, as such dry-lining is progressing well within.
At ground floor the lift pit has been cast, and we eagerly await the arrival of a glass elevator shaft which will soon be installed. At the rear of the property there will be a feature dining orangery. With the columns and brick arches recently complete, we are able to get a feel for the internal space and it’s aspect to the garden and park beyond.
The contractors are progressing well with the scheme and the first fix M+E is well underway. There have been a few challenges, as with any existing building, but the design team have been vigilant to stick to the finished vision. Looking beyond the dust and on-site team working away, this house is looking like it will be a luxurious and satisfying family home once complete.