The internal and external renovation of a listed property in Brunswick Terrace, Hove. ARCH- angels Architects take us through the project
ARCH-angels Architects were appointed in 2012 by the owners of this stunning Hove seafront Grade 1-listed property within the Brunswick Town Conservation Area. The client wished
to make changes to the floor plan arrangement by removing some non-original walls to create an open-plan kitchen/dining/living room with seamless transition into the courtyard garden. These changes were to help maximise the potential of the Regency basement flat to provide a light, comfortable, warm and spacious home.
The renovation of this property had to be within the strict limitations of its Grade 1-listed status. Due to the required planning permission and building regulation approval, this renovation project took almost two years to complete. It is a criminal offence to carry out renovations to a listed building without these permissions, so it is important to seek advice early on in the process. The clients met with a senior member of the local authority’s heritage department before even purchasing the property, so they had some reassurance that the outline of the works they wanted to do were likely to be met with approval by the planning department.
The design was an internal rearrangement and demolition of non-original internal walls, allowing the creation of the desired large, open lounge and living area. During the initial phases of the demolition the builders unearthed a pillar that partially supported the five floors above the apartment. Removing it was going bring renovation costs well above budget, so the client made a feature from it by boxing it in and adding a cornice.
The drainage and electrics were replaced throughout and a new, high-spec kitchen and bathroom were added, bringing together the minimalist 21st century style to a Regency 19th century property.
Reinstating as many of the original features as possible, the main living area balances period charm with a contemporary style and embraces the original Regency features synonymous with Brighton and Hove, beautifully maintained and restored within the listed guidelines. The period sash windows were reinstated, and that seamless transition into the courtyard was achieved by replacing the rear window with a Regency-restored set of French doors to allow access to the enclosed terrace whilst still adhering to the listed guidelines.
ARCH-angels Architects collaborated with ARK Builders and the clients to produce a calm, open-plan living area that compliments the owners’ homely, minimalist style with local and Southeast Asian influences.
If the two-year process wasn’t enough, the clients have returned to ARCH-angels to further extend their lower ground floor flat by providing a room for use as a study with an en-suite shower room. Planning & Listed Building Consent has been approved and building work will commence later this year.
“We chose ARCH-angels as they were a local firm with a solid reputation. We needed an architect that would help guide us through the complex planning, conservation and heritage issues that affect Grade 1 Listed buildings and yet still achieve our design goals.
ARCH-angels’ positive and proactive approach helped us create a completely redesigned layout, sympathetic to our historic building. Their ability to work co-operatively and in tune with the Local Authority planning department, negotiating favourable compromises where necessary, allowed the project to run soothly and to schedule; quite an achievement we believe.
ARCH-angels ensured our plans were realised to an exceptional standard by introducing us to Ark Builders who carried out the work. Ark’s attention to detail, combined with simply superb workmanship, gave us a result that exceeded our expectations and is admired by all who see it.”