What House Awards - 26 November 2014
Marquess Villas, Bentley Priory, Stanmore, Middlesex
The grade II listed Marquess Villas are part of a much wider project at Bentley Priory that has seen City & Country undertake the painstaking renovation ad conversion of the Mansion House and other historic buildings.
Converted from a single-storey red-brick, parapeted structure, which was formerly an accommodation wing built around 1882, Marquess Villas is a collection of five, two- and three-bedroom terraced houses.
Although not a large scheme, what makes it special is the way the divisions have been executed, the care taken to ensure the future ‘readability’ of the building, the exemplary craftsmanship and the retention and repair of as much original fabric as possible.
City & Country worked with the building’s existing layout, keeping alterations to a minimum. The most major intervention is the new storey added on top of the historic building to create the living space that makes the scheme viable. This low, copper-hatted, timber-clad structure maintains just the right proportions. Cleverly set back within the parapet walls to provide room for balconies, the mass of the addition is visually subservient to the building below while the exposed rafter ends and other carefully considered features ensure a level of detail that prevents blandness.
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