© Valerie Bennett
© Valerie Bennett
© Valerie Bennett
© Valerie Bennett
© Valerie Bennett

Queens Apartments

The retained art deco façade of this development on Bishops Bridge Road in West London defines both the dimensions of Derwent’s first residential scheme, and the style and quality of the ground floor retail space and sixteen high-spec apartments within. 

Redevelopment of the Queens Cinema, which dates back to 1932, was granted planning with the provison that the iconic façade is retained, and that a new area of public space is created across the road on Queensway. Completed in 2014, the high-quality apartments provide a mixture of one, two and three bed units, up to 1,660 ft² in area. 

The site was logistically challenging: its urban location meant various restrictions above and below ground, which affected the programme and design of the new building. The retained façade imposed restrictions of its own, requiring a fabric survey and a supporting steel frame with the potential to affect the main construction works without careful programming, as well as services running nearby in the pavement. 

An existing basement which ran up to the perimeter walls also required temporary propping in the early stages of construction, after which we proposed infilling with rubble to allow installation of new piled foundations. Party walls belonging to the adjoining Claremont Court and Pickering Mews required liaison with the party wall surveyor and neighbouring owners throughout construction. 

In terms of superstructure we opted for concrete flat slab construction with blade columns, which was considered the most efficient method of optimising floor-to-ceiling heights, to achieve the feeling of grandeur demanded by the specification. Concrete floor slabs also improved thermal and acoustic performance. Where possible, such as in the case of the ground floor retail area, we designed out expensive transfer structures, however several were required to span over large column-free areas such as the new car park and over the building entrance. 

Sixteen high-quality apartments in Derwent's first residential scheme in West London

London, UK
Derwent London
Stiff + Trevillion

  • 2016 Civic Trust Award - Commendation
  • 2015 RIBA Regional Award