Main contractor: Fruition Properties (construction arm Area 29 ) Project management: Fruition Properties Architects: HUB Architects & Designers

Quantity surveyor: Fruition Properties (Area 29) M&E: IMS Ignite Maintenance Services

Civil engineering consultant: EngineersHRW

Interior floor and wall tiling: Huds Tiling Services Glass:

Frameless fire-rated glass screens and pivot doors: Contraflam

Glass and Lunax Porta pivot door: Supplied by Billericay Glass Company

Slim frame glazing system to inner courtyard and balcony: Fineline Aluminium Glass balustrade to stair: Railing London

Glazed screens to Flat 1 en-suite: Crystal Units Living wall: Scotscape Kitchens: Design: Roundhouse Appliances: Hahhenau Bathrooms: Brassware: Zuchetti Basins: Catalano Baths: Clearwater Flooring: Hummingbird floors Wardrobes: Neatsmith Lift system: Kleemann Lifts Sliding roof light: Natralight

where steel components were going to be and what we had to conceal.”

21st-century standards that give a building a new lease of life

One of the most striking features of the townhouse conversion is a living wall within the light well, which spans the lower ground and ground levels and is around 5 metres wide. This can be enjoyed by people sitting in the space at the bottom of the light well. Coathup says: “It creates its own micro eco-system and improves the air quality around that area. It looks pretty good too!”

Creighton points to another ‘green’ aspect of the conversion: “By bringing in more natural light to the lower parts of the building we don’t have to use so much artificial lighting during the day.” And Coathup adds: “Effectively taking

this Victorian townhouse to pieces and putting it back together again results in having to improve the insulation as well as


the overall standards of construction. That includes the acoustic insulation between apartments. It brings a tired building up to current regulations.” As Creighton says, conversions like the one at Linden Gardens are a “good way to bring these buildings into the 21st century and give them a longer lease of life.”

Contemporised Victorian: a style in demand

Conversions like this at 27 Linden Gardens are uncommon but, as Coathup says, “contemporised Victorian buildings are in demand.” The clever use of glazing to create the transparency of apartments one and four contributes to asking prices of £3.5m and £2.5m respectively. Apartment two, accommodated by a first floor mezzanine, and apartment three on the second floor have traditional partition walls. However, the quality of this luxury project suggests it won’t be long before all four apartments are snapped up. 

ADF MAY 2017

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