Posted on November 2nd 2009
Lees Associates’ refurbishment of an imposing Decimus Burton Regency villa on the Outer Circle of Regent’s Park has involved the skilled restoration of a number of original features that are integral to its Grade 1 listed status.
Standing proud over the main entrance, it is hard to miss the majestic Caryatids that adorn the central bay of the house: the tapering pillars of their lower bodies and skirts and the slanted capitals forming the headdresses, suggesting an Egyptian influence.
We are currently working on the full refurbishment of one of these Caryatids, which has suffered extensive damage after many years of water penetration, leaving her with a crumbling face and a body that, if left untreated, is in danger of breaking off at any time. Only after the removal of over 175 years worth of paint was the true extent of the damage revealed.
Now, with the help of Cliveden Conservation, the restoration process is under way. This entails the strengthening of internal areas and a clay remodelling of the damaged areas to help restore her to her former beauty. A record cast will be made to illustrate the refurbishment work and act as reference of the repair work for the future.
Lees Associates originally gave her the name Doris but, after the removal of two inches of paint, her true youth and beauty has been revealed once more and she is now known as Dieter, which seems more befitting. Soon Dieter will be restored to her complete former glory, and will then safely continue to greet visitors to the newly refurbished property for we hope another 175 years.
Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion
Posted on July 16th 2009
On Saturday 11th July, Andrew Paulson and Gary Wait of Lees Associates were delighted to accept an invitation to join other notable names in architecture and the arts at the launch of this year’s Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. Conceived in 2000 by Serpentine Gallery Director Julia Peyton-Jones, the event is now in its tenth year. The main criterion for an architect to be invited to submit a design for the pavilion is to have never yet completed a building in England. (more…)
Dixton Manor Completes
Posted on July 14th 2009
Lees Associates’ restoration, refurbishment and extension of Dixton Manor, Gloucestershire, completed on schedule in June 2009. Our work has seen the Grade II* listed Cotswolds manor house, which dates back to 1591 and replaced an earlier monastery on the site, transformed. (more…)
Flavour Of The Month
Posted on July 9th 2009
Websites and news stories that have caught our eye this month:
Due to be the world’s tallest building: what is it, where is it and what will its final height be?
Take a staircase and add a bit of creativity! This varied collection of ingenious staircases is set to inspire any architectural project. (more…)
fuSE1: A call to local businesses
Posted on July 8th 2009
Recently, Andrew Paulson and Gary Wait of Lees Associates were guests at the first of what will become a quarterly event, fuSE1 in Brew Wharf, located in the heart of Borough Market.
fuSE1 aims to bring together businesses and individuals working in the property and construction industry in the SE1 postcode in order to create new and sustainable business relationships. After a light breakfast and refreshments, Sir Paul Smith took to the stage to say a few words and commend the organisers on their achievement, as well as share his personal climb from unknown to internationally renowned fashion designer; from a small shop in the derelict Covent Garden in the 1970’s to holding a huge portfolio of highly successful stores worldwide.
The event certainly brought together a multitude of highly skilled and talented people from within the SE1 area and many new contacts were established, as well as old ones re-affirmed. This quarterly event, promoting the sharing of knowledge and talent that the SE1 postcode contains, has the potential to grow from strength to strength.
Well done to the organisers and many thanks to the event sponsors: Cowell Consulting, FOM, Norton Rose and SC Design Consulting Ltd.
Moving On Up
Posted on July 8th 2009
The Lees Associates team would like to congratulate Andrew Paulson, who has recently been made a Director of the practice, and Gary Wait who has been promoted to an Associate.
Andrew (right) joined Lees Associates in 2003. He was made an Associate in March 2006, shortly after qualifying gaining Chartered Architect status, and quickly established himself as a well-respected and trusted figure in our high-end residential and retail project teams. He now heads our core residential project team.
Gary (left) joined Lees Associates in 2007 and has since been involved in many of Lees Associates high-end residential, retail, hotel and leisure projects. More recently he has taken a leading role on a number of high profile projects.
Congratulations to you both.
Eaton Square Planning Consent
Posted on June 12th 2009
Lees Associates were delighted to recently receive planning and listed building consent for the refurbishment and extension of a townhouse and its mews in Eaton Square. This is one of the few remaining undeveloped single family dwellings in the square and holds Grade Two listed status. Consequently planning and conservation were to the fore and required delicate handling.
The proposal involves an increase in floor area from 8,000 sq ft to 11,000 sq ft and a dramatic increase in the quality and amenity of the building. Achieving this involves major works, including the demolition and reconstruction of the adjacent mews property. As the property is also within a conservation area this represented a major undertaking. (more…)
Lees Goes Green
Posted on October 30th 2008
Lees Associates have long promoted green building practices, materials and technology. We are regularly employed by environmentally conscientious clients to help them achieve sustainable, carbon neutral projects, without compromising the luxury aesthetic; a practice we have termed “Luxury Green”.
As part of our commitment to promoting green technologies in building we are members of the UK Green Building Council. The UKGBC was set up to provide direction to the government and industry on environmental issues associated with the built environment. It aims to raise awareness of the problems associated with bad environmental practice and climate change, and educate people in order to slow down the process and ideally prevent potential disasters.
Lees Associates’ pioneering green credentials have been recognised recently following John Lees’ very well received “Luxury Green” speech at one of the regular Holloway White Allom MD’s lunches.
The recent country house project features in November’s House & Garden ‘Green by Design’ supplement, which focused on sustainable luxury. (more…)
Client Portal live
Posted on August 28th 2008
Following the recent changes to our website we have relaunched the much valued Client Portal. This allows clients and consultants alike to login to our website and access any drawings and documents that we have uploaded for specific projects. We can allocate usernames and passwords to users of the site or anybody can create their own simply by registering with us.
New website live
Posted on August 6th 2008
Hello there and welcome to our website. We have recently changed the way our website is coded, moving away from Flash and towards standard HTML to allow greater access and flexibility.
We will be updating the News section of the website regularly, as well as sending out monthly newsletters. To subscribe to these please email us.
More new content will be added to our website shortly, so please stay tuned!