Maximising the value of an urban block with retail and residential accommodation just off Sloane Square for longstanding client Cadogan Estates with architects PDP London, drew on several different engineering techniques whose success depends on being unobtrusive.
Concrete-framed retail and residential units with steel elements near Sloane Square
Behind a largely retained façade we inserted a new concrete frame to unify various buildings which had evolved in a piecemeal fashion. At roof level new structures adapt to a complicated series of different forms and volumes.
Meanwhile the District line tunnels beneath one corner of the site at 45 degrees to the prevailing orthogonal geometry. This provided both a challenge and an opportunity; devising a steel structure isolated on acoustic bearings and bridge over the track and tie it into a different geometry was a challenge, but it also meant that one corner of the site could have a new façade, an opportunity to design modern shop window fronts.
2002 Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Environment Award