The transformation and extension of a Victorian Bakery built around 1890 has been completed by Claridge Architects to create six luxury apartments and two commercial units, adding to the exciting mix of development in the area.
Parkgate House, being only a ten-minute walk over the Thames, is in close proximity to Chelsea whilst also sitting at the heart of the major regeneration project of South London’s Battersea district. A walk across the 200-acre Battersea Park at Parkgate’s doorstep will bring you to the Battersea Power Station, one of London’s most iconic landmarks, which is also the focal point of the area’s urban redevelopment. The regeneration scheme is creating a thriving neighbourhood with residential and commercial offerings, including tasteful restaurants, bars and galleries, on top of urban parks and green public spaces. It sets a modern and vibrant tone to the whole area that is also home to Victoria Beckham and Vivienne Westwood’s studio.
In designing for their client, Banda, Claridge Architects aimed for an honest architectural approach to preserve and restore existing elements while transforming the building subtly with contemporary additions. An extension is added to the rear at first and second floors and a set back roof extension was designed to allow for a single extensive penthouse on the third floor. The Penthouse and the five 2-4 bedroom bespoke apartments have sizes ranging from 1,476 to 3,670 sq ft.
Banda’s founder, Edo Mapelli Mozzi, says, “We are very pleased with Claridge Architects’ work at Parkgate House. They worked closely with Banda to successfully transform a period building into a premium collection of apartments with specifications and sizes that are unparalleled in the district.” The success is mirrored when Banda announced that in unprecedented circumstances, all five of the apartments were exchanged within 24 hours of the development launch.
The understated transformation of building’s exterior was crafted through minimal framed glazing and finely articulated anthracite zinc facades. The choice of anthracite allows the project to interact with the surrounding environment dominated by dark shades of natural slate roofs. Traditional hardwood sliding sash windows were reintroduced while careful brickwork repairs were carried out on the existing building to conserve its historic facade.
The six apartments, with large open-plan lateral layout and floor to ceiling windows, are of utmost quality and functionality. Each residential unit is distinct in its characteristics depending on its orientation and location within the building, but they are all crafted from a common palette of high quality natural materials.
The Penthouse comprises a North, an East and a West-facing terrace that is accessible from and connects to various parts of the apartment. Glass balustrades, frameless glass walls and a magnificent fireplace in the middle of the living room are sleek details that elevate the specifications of the flat to make it a highly desirable place to live.
In restoring Parkgate House from its Victorian form, Claridge Architects have sensitively included integrated energy production solutions such as photovoltaic and solar energy panels, and have achieved a BREEAM EcoHomes rating of ‘Very Good’.
Parkgate House is one of the many high-end conversion projects undertaken by Claridge Architects. Upcoming residential projects include super prime houses in Belgravia and St John’s Wood, Old Burlington Street, and a highly anticipated 26-unit residential conversion on 151-161 Kensington High Street.