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Gillespie Road, London by Mole Architects

[SMALL PROJECTS 2011] A house designed for a developer for rent

The site was previously occupied by a row of three garages, measuring 4.4 x 8 metres. Planning was eventually achieved in October 2005 after lengthy negotiations.

The 75m² internal area is divided over three floors achieved with a split level plan; a half-basement allows the top floor to be less than 4.5 meters permitting a plan without a fully enclosed stair. A very small house on a very tight site feels as a consequence spacious and light.

Construction is simple and inexpensive; reinforced block basement walls, concrete block walls and joisted floors and roof. Insulation is external behind a rainscreen of cement fibre panels in red and white - the Arsenal colours. The roof is zinc standing seam. Internally the house is painted plaster with oak floors and staircase.

Start on site date August 2008
Completion Date Feburary 2009
Gross internal floor area 75m²
Total contract value of the project £200,000
Client Taylor Developments
Architects Mole Architects
Structural engineer Built Engineers
Planning supervisor Anglia Surveyors
Main contractor RMS
Annual co2 emissions 1.7 t/year (SAP 79)

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