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Bennetts reveals PRS scheme in 'traditional' Westminster mews

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Bennetts Associates has completed this private rented mews development in Marylebone, West London

ARCHITECT’S VIEW • PROJECT DATA

The mews scheme for The Portman Estate features a three-bedroom townhouse, a pair of two-bedroom maisonettes, and a one-bedroom flat alongside two garages. 

Clad in a mix of brickwork and bronze shingles, the building is arranged around a series of external and internal courtyards which bring light into the scheme. 

Rodmarton St by Bennetts Associates

Rodmarton St by Bennetts Associates

Source: Gareth Gardner

Architect’s view 

Planning restrictions in Westminster’s traditional mews are onerous for good reason and modern interventions are rare, but our scheme’s texture and materiality combine with its intimate scale to create a contemporary interpretation of a building type that is no longer in the service of the grand houses alongside. The development is sensitive to the original character of Rodmarton Street whilst ensuring the homes are light and spacious, characteristics not usually associated with mews properties.

Central to the architecture and sustainability are a series of external and internal courtyards which hugely increase daylight penetration into the properties, as well as encouraging natural ventilation. In the townhouse, the internal void slides open in dry conditions and brings light deep into the centre of the house. The equivalent spaces in the maisonettes act like external rooms between the dining and living areas, with sliding glass doors and bronzed shingles at the lower and upper levels respectively.

Rodmarton St by Bennetts Associates

Rodmarton St by Bennetts Associates

Source: Gareth Gardner

Project data

Location Marylebone, West London
Type of project housing
Client The Portman Estate
Architect Bennetts Associates
Contractor Iconic Build
Project manager Stace
Environmental/M&E consultant Leonard Engineering Design Associates
Structural engineer Furness Partnership
Cost consultant Potter Raper Partnership

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  • Refreshing to see new-build in central London that doesn't involve drastic change of scale and contempt for context - but is this degree of sensitivity now limited to developments where, as here, there are 'onerous planning restrictions'?
    A remarkable contrast with, for example, the redevelopment of the Foyles site (which is supposedly in a Conservation Area).

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  • Thanks Robert.

    The previous buildings were derelict and we had a healthy dialogue with Westminster planners about increasing the scale by one storey, mostly set back from the street edge, in order to make redevelopment viable. Our client, The Portman Estate, take a long-term view about their stewardship of the area and wanted to enhance the mews rather than harm it.

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