Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects (FBM) has won planning permission for these student homes and a nursery on the edge of two conservation areas in west London
The £21 million scheme on Paddenswick Road in Ravenscourt Park will replace an early twentieth century building used as a police section house until 1996 then as a hostel.
Working with developer Abanar and South Street Asset Management, FBM has now secured planning permission from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
The firm’s director Simon Fraser said: ‘The volume and articulation of the hostel was an established and admired feature of the townscape and while the façade could not be retained, we were keen to carry through the relevant and positive attributes to inform the language of the new buildings, particularly through the detailing of the brickwork.
‘The frontage to John Betts Primary School provides a new nursery on the ground floor, accessible from the school grounds, its entrance announced by a slender canopy.’
Work is expected to start on site next summer (2012).