The Hansom Cab, Kensington, London

Project Overview

Grade 2 Listed Conversion

Shape Architecture Kensington has worked on many listed building extensions and refurbishments ranging from smaller private residential projects, such as the addition of new bedroom and internal remodelling at Inverness Terrace in Westminster, to projects such as the Hansom Cab in Kensington, where a luxury duplex apartment was formed over the Hansom Cab Public House.

Light and Space

Key to the project has been the opening up of the accommodation and the creation of a light and spacious interior.  This approach paid much attention to how the existing architecture and beauty of the building could be re-instated where badly handled over time, and thereafter made the most of.

Listed Building Extension

At the first floor level a new extension was built over the existing flat roof over the Pub below.  This allowed the WCs to the Hansom Cab to be relocated into this extension and so free up space elsewhere.  It also allowed a new private entrance and stair to the apartment to be created.  In designing this extension a lightweight timber frame was employed that reduced its weight and allowed it to sit on steelwork spanning over the Hansom Cab’s roof which allowed the Pub to continue trading for as long as possible whilst the building works were going on. The timber frame was then clad in recycled brickwork to match the colour, design and detail of the existing brickwork.

Listed Building Refurbishment

The finished apartment is most striking in its simplicity.  Principle reception rooms reveal solid wood flooring the warmth and colour of which is set against white walls and all is flooded with natural light through the tall sliding sash windows. This provides an elegant background for the addition of more colourful items, such as paintings, photographs etc.  The bathrooms are fitted out with contemporary fittings and high quality tiling.

Upgrade of the Building Fabric

Every opportunity has been taken to improve the energy performance of the building’s fabric.  This ranges from improving levels of insulation and eradicating air leakage paths to the introduction of low energy lighting and water efficient taps and shower fittings.

Key Project Features
  • Project Status: Built
  • Luxury Duplex Apartment Conversion
  • Alterations to Grade II Listed Building in Kensington
  • Light-Filled Interior with Separate Entrance
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