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Planning success for pH+ in Archway

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London-based pH+ architects has won the go-ahead to transform a Victorian building in the Highgate Conservation Area into 25 new flats 

The 3,600m² scheme in Archway Road, north London, will retain the brick facade and ground floor shop but increase the size of the basement, which has been earmakred as a home for local, small businesses.

Andy Puncher, director at pH+ said: ’Contemporary yet contextual, our proposal will make a positive contribution to the Highgate Conservation Area and provide much-needed new homes and workspaces for the area.’

The project is backed by developer Archway Apartments. Future timescales are not yet known.

The architect’s view

’Great care has been taken to ensure the new design is at an appropriate scale, with contemporary architecture making clear references to the surrounding context and existing building.

’Pitched roofs are extended backward and repeated as a motif throughout the scheme, made up of brick that matches the local area. Red-pigmented metal, which blends with the tone of the brick, is used for cladding, providing a subtle, modern alternative to traditional building materials. Large windows and balconies are ‘punched’ out of the exterior walls to allow light in and views out.

‘Internally the apartments are split up into two main components. Behind the retained facade 15 flats will be located on three floors above a ground floor commercial unit. At the quieter rear of the site, an existing one-storey building will be demolished and replaced with four family duplex units at ground and basement level. A further six residential units will be found on the three floors above.’

Project data

Location Archway, London
Type of project Mixed-Use
Client Archway Apartments Ltd
Architect pH+
Landscape architect n/a
Planning consultant Savills Planning
Structural engineer n/a
M&E consultant n/a
Quantity surveyor n/a
Planning supervisor n/a
Lighting consultant n/a
Main contractor n/a
Gross internal floor area 3,600m²

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