Conservation & Restoration Architecture


Case Study

RBD believe in preserving and enhancing existing period buildings wherever possible. We work closely with planning authorities, heritage bodies and estate management companies to ensure all our projects are designed and executed with the utmost sympathy to a building’s history, its character and context.

Here is an example of a recent restoration project in Central London. This beautiful Gothic style house is located in Notting Hill, within the Norland Ward Conservation Area. The house originally formed part of a vicarage and became a separate dwelling in 1863. The house was built using left over Bath stone following the construction of St John’s Church on adjacent Lansdowne Crescent. The street, Ladbroke Grove, is named after James Weller Ladbroke, who developed the Ladbroke Estate in the 1840s. It was originally a rural area on the western edges of London. Construction at the southern end by Holland Park Avenue began in the 1830s, but the road was not fully developed to Harrow Road until the 1870s. The area nearest the application site is on a hill and is predominantly residential. St John’s church is a local landmark and was built in 1845 to make the surrounding planned development of houses more desirable.

Restoration Project in London

RBD obtained planning consent to replace the existing non-original aluminium framed double glazed windows and main rooflight together with a new air conditioning system which is concealed from view. The new windows are of timber framed construction and have been detailed to compliment the house and its character. The glass used has acoustic properties which dramatically reduce traffic noise levels entering the property from the main road.

Following the installation of the windows, the existing Bath stone walls of the house and its original stone details were carefully restored and cleaned following years of weather erosion and pollution. This involved working closely with Ian Drummond Consulting Engineers to strengthen and reconstruction stonework which had failed in places requiring urgent attention. The success of this restoration project is down to the skill of the specialist stone mason employed, led by Paul Carter, the experience of the Principal Contractor, DM Specialist, and the specification decisions made as to how the stonework was repaired and restored.

Internally, RBD have designed and coordinated various phased works including the extensive redesign and refurbishment of the first floor level to create new master suite. This was designed to the client’s brief in a classic hotel boutique style reflecting some of the hotel interiors experienced during the client’s travels.

This phase was completed designed and managed by both our in-house architectural and interior design teams who worked closely together to cover every aspect of the client’s brief. The suite layout comprises of a large master bedroom on one side, a central bathroom ensuite and a dressing room on the opposite side with a connecting corridor.

During construction, the existing floor, ceiling and walls were levelled and re-aligned to compensate for significant historic house settlement. The new suite is fitted throughout with exquisite custom fitted joinery, bespoke doors, wall panelling and cornice details designed by RBD and produced and installed by Middleton Bespoke Joinery.

Our interior designers worked closely with the client to source a selection of stunning fabrics, marble finishes, materials, fixtures and fittings to complete the finished look. During the interior design process RBD prepared a range of mood boards, detailed drawings and interior visuals describing each exacting detail, including some original period joinery details which we were delighted to retain and celebrate.


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