Durham Close had already been the subject of a failed planning application and an unsuccessful appeal for a scheme of four small flats at the time that the air space and development rights were purchased at auction. Subsequent to the purchase, planning was achieved for a revised scheme consisting of two large penthouses with sizeable roof terraces and far-reaching views across South-West London.
The challenge on this project was to manage the residents of the eighteen flats that lay below the fabric of the roof, whilst the two new flats were integrated with the existing building. To minimise the relative disturbance to the existing residents a prefabricated timber frame system was utilised.
Internally, the flats were decorated to celebrate at a whisper the existing Art Deco architecture, with chequerboard floor tiles, glass shower tiles, and gloss black kitchen, which were combined alongside other subtle detailing.
The penthouses were sold at a challenging time in the market, yet were able to achieve well in excess of anything that had been sold previously.