InsideOut were appointed by one of our long-term clients to design a scheme that increased the density of an existing 6-unit apartment block in Tower Hamlets.
Within the tight constraints of the site, a series of alterations and additions to the existing building are proposed, comprising of three additional storey and a six- story rear extension, which maximises the potential of the site to provide the client with a total of 12 high quality, fully accessible apartments.
By modernising the facade, the proposals will enhance the streetscape and improve the energy performance of the building to dramatically increase its sustainability credentials. The provision of a new residential lift makes the building fully accessible, which was viewed positively by the planning officers.
A new light brick façade with textured brick infill panels provides relief and subtle decoration within the bold brick volume, while the zinc penthouse cladding echoes the neighbouring industrial setting.
Following a positive pre-application process, full planning approval was obtained in December 2019. The Stage 4 detailed design has been concluded and construction is due to start in the coming months.
The proposed alterations would extend the existing apartments to align with the back of the upgraded stair well. In doing so, all existing apartments increase in size. The general layouts of these apartments will be retained, but the extension works would add internal space to the bedroom and living/kitchen areas. The primary advantage to this extension is that it allows for the installation of a lift, providing accessible, vertical circulation, while maintaining flats that meet the current minimum area standards. Combined these changes will undoubtedly benefit the current residents, as well as providing for those in the new flats above.