2 – 12 Symons Street
Maximising the value of an urban block with retail and residential accommodation just off Sloane Square for longstanding client Cadogan Estates with architects Paul Davis & Partners drew on several different engineering techniques whose success depends on being unobtrusive.
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 Underground 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 to 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.
Concrete-framed retail and residential units with steel elements just off Sloane Square
Paul Davis & Partners
£ 15 million
- 2002 Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Environment Award