Acting as Architect, Chancery Quarters involved the refurbishment and change of use of a group of Grade II listed buildings located on London’s renowned Chancery Lane.
The redevelopment converts the previous office space into 35 high quality apartments – one, two and three bedroom – as well as the construction of two luxury rooftop penthouse apartments.
The existing building constructed in the late 1980’s / early 1990’s as an office building, behind the retained Listed Chancery Lane façade, is of steel framed construction with concrete floor plates.
The main entrance to the building is centrally located off Chancery Lane, with retail units either side, which maintained trading throughout construction.
Access to the site was difficult with Chancery Lane being one way and the buildings located mid-terrace. In addition, the neighbouring buildings’ means of escape is through the building at 4th floor level and exiting onto the street; the escape path had to be re-routed to accommodate a new layout and access had to be maintained throughout the works and in the finished building.
The building project was designed having regard to environmental considerations and includes a number of innovations. A BREEAM domestic refurbishment assessment was carried out at RIBA Stage 3, and the finished project achieved an ‘Excellent’ rating. The project is an exemplar of sustainable housing refurbishment in a Central London location, with many sustainable features such as fabric thermal enhancement, and energy & water efficiency. All finishes were agreed with the Westminster Historic Buildings Department.
DarntonB3 utilised BIM technology in the realisation of this project, demonstrating that even an existing, complex, listed building can be designed and realised on site using cutting edge 3D technology throughout the design stages. Making imaginative combinations between old and new, this building has been transformed to provide exemplary 21st century living space.
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